By Bennett M. Berger
All scholars and students are desirous about the human faces in the back of the impersonal rhetoric of educational disciplines. the following twenty of America's such a lot well known sociologists recount the highbrow and biographical occasions that formed their careers. family members historical past, ethnicity, worry, inner most animosities, striking choice, and occasionally simple success are one of several forces that mix to mildew the person skills awarded in Authors in their personal Lives. With contributions from men and women, old and young, native-born american citizens and immigrants, quantitative students and qualitative ones, this ebook offers a desirable resource for college kids sociologists alike.Some of the autobiographies continue their reserve, others are profoundly revealing. Their topics variety from adolescence, academic, and highbrow affects, to educational careerism and burnout, to the historical past of yank sociology. Authors stands on my own as a deeply own autobiographical account of latest sociology.
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T. S. Eliot was the poet of my generation, and some of his lines have become so much a part of me that I scarcely know when I am quoting. There is the strangeness of the sheer pastness of the past: anything out of the 1930s is for me bathed in a special light, a distant glow from the lost country of childhood. " Here, too, history and biography intersect. "People are always shouting they want to create a better future," writes Milan Kundera in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting . "It's not true.
Had I lived in the Yard with most of my class, I would not have had this opportunity for easy intellectual commerce with faculty members and would have been less likely to encounter James Agee, then a junior, a haunted and engaging person, who was also in Dunster House. My interest in the Houses provided a few opportunities for conversation with President Lowell. ) I was startled and found it clarifying to have Lowell dismiss my admiration for Henry Adams by saying that he was a whiner, full of self-pity.
By my choice of roommates I took care to minimize what many of us who went from the amiable amateurism of the college to the fierce competitiveness of the law school experienced as culture shock. Having met Alexander Meiklejohn's son Donald, who was coming to Harvard as a graduate student in philosophy, I arranged to room with him. , a charming and ostentatiously indolent literary man, whose father was a judge in Butte, Montana; before coming to Harvard College he had spent a year at the Jesuit University of Santa Clara and astonished his classmates by arriving from Butte with all the aplomb of one to the manor born.
Authors of Their Own Lives: Intellectual Autobiographies by Twenty American Sociologists by Bennett M. Berger