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Becker, Howard Saul 1928-

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Outsiders; studies in the sociology of deviance by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

114 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 2,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refers specifically to studies of marijuana smokers and dance band musicians
Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

44 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures--most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them--often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer's block. Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written the classic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago, Writing for Social Scientists has become a lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker's message is clear: in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat. It is not always an easy process, as Becker wryly relates. Decades of teaching, researching, and writing have given him plenty of material, and Becker neatly exposes the foibles of academia and its "publish or perish" atmosphere. Wordiness, the passive voice, inserting a "the way in which" when a simple "how" will do - all these mechanisms are a part of the social structure of academic writing. By shrugging off such impediments - or at the very least, putting them aside for a few hours - we can reform our work habits and start writing lucidly without worrying about grades, peer approval, or the "literature." In this new edition, Becker takes account of major changes in the computer tools available to writers today, and also substantially expands his analysis of how academic institutions create problems for them. As competition in academia grows increasingly heated, Writing for Social Scientists will provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers
Symbolic interaction and cultural studies by Howard Saul Becker( )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symbolic interactionism, resolutely empirical in practice, shares theoretical concerns with cultural studies and humanistic discourse. Recognizing that the humanities have engaged many of the important intellectual currents of the last twenty-five years in ways that sociology has not, the contributors to this volume fully acknowledge that the boundary between the social sciences and the humanities has begun to dissolve. This volume explores that border area
Do you know--? : the jazz repertoire in action by Robert R Faulkner( )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anecdotes and insights from the world of jazz, in which musicians often take the stage never having previously played together, are related by two professional jazz artists. They offer insider views of how musicians collectively negotiate & improvise their way to a successful performance
Art worlds by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

73 editions published between 1982 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A classic sociological examination of art as collective action, Art Worlds explores the cooperative network of suppliers, performers, dealers, critics, and consumers that - along with the artist - "produces" a work of art. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition is updated with a new dialogue between Becker and eminent French sociologist Alain Pessin about the extended social system in which art is created and with a new preface in which the author talks about his own process for creating this influential work."--Jacket
Tricks of the trade : how to think about your research while you're doing it by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

22 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Turkish and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tricks of the Trade will help students think about research projects. Assisted by Becker's sound advice, students will be able to make better sense of their research and simultaneously generate fresh ideas on where to look next for new data. Becker's tricks cover four broad areas of social science: The creation of the "imagery" to guide research; methods of "sampling" to generate maximum variety in the data, the development of "concepts" to organize findings, and the use of "logical" methods to explore systematically the implications of what is found. Becker's advice ranges from simple suggestions such as changing an interview question from "Why?" to "How?" (as a way of getting people to talk without asking for justification) to more technical advice such as how to manipulate truth tables
The other side; perspectives on deviance by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

33 editions published between 1962 and 1968 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers chiefly from the Fall, 1962, issue of Social problems, with the addition of others which appeared in the same periodical before or after that date
What is a case? : exploring the foundations of social inquiry by Charles C Ragin( )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concept of the "case" is a basic feature of social science research. The contributors to this volume probe the nature of the case and the ways in which different understandings of what a case is affect the conduct and the results of research. Contents: Introduction- Cases of "What is a case?" Charles C. Ragin / I Critiques of conventional practices: 1) Cases of cases ... of cases - Jennifer Platt. 2) What do cases do? Some notes on activity in sociological analysis - Andrew Abbott. 3) Cases are for identity, for explanation, or for control - Harrison C. White. 4) Small N's and big conclusions: an examination of the reasoning in comparative studies based on a small number of cases - Stanley Lieberson. / II Analyses of research experiences: 5) Making the theoretical case - John Walton. 6) Small N's and community case studies - Douglas Harper. 7) Case studies: history or sociology? - Michel Wieviorka. 8) Theory elaboration: the heuristics of case analysis - Diane Vaughan. / III Reflections on "What is a case?": 9) Cases, causes, conjunctures, stories, and imagery - Howard S. Becker. 10) "Casing" and the process of social inquiry - Charles C. Ragin
On literature and society by Antônio Cândido( )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making the grade; the academic side of college life by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

23 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on three years of detailed anthropological observation, this account of undergraduate culture portrays students' academic relations to faculty and administration as one of subjection. With rare intervals in crisis moments, student life has always been dominated by grades and grade point averages. The authors of Making the Grade maintain that, though it has taken different forms from tune to time, the emphasis on grades has persisted in academic life. From this premise they argue that the social organization giving rise to this emphasis has remained remarkably stable throughout the century. Becker, Geer, and Hughes discuss various aspects of college life and examine the degree of autonomy students have over each facet of their lives. Students negotiate with authorities the conditions of campus political and organizational life--the student government, independent student organizations, and the student newspaper--and preserve substantial areas of autonomous action for themselves. Those same authorities leave them to run such aspects of their private lives as friendships and dating as they wish. But, when it comes to academic matters, students are subject to the decisions of college faculties and administrators. Becker deals with this continuing lack of autonomy in student life in his new introduction. He also examines new phenomena, such as the impact of -grade inflation- and how the world of real adult work has increasingly made professional and technical expertise, in addition to high grades, the necessary condition for success. Making the Grade continues to be an unparalleled contribution to the studies of academics, students, and college life. It will be of interest to university administrators, professors, students, and sociologists."--Provided by publisher
Social problems : a modern approach by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

20 editions published between 1964 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boys in white; student culture in medical school by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

54 editions published between 1961 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

USA / Medizinstudenten
Sociological work; method and substance by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

31 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Campus power struggle by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

20 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Institutions and the person; papers presented to Everett C. Hughes by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

28 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and Romanian and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everett C. Hughes had a great impact on the field of sociology as a whole and on an entire generation of sociologists. Some of Hughes' former students and colleagues honor him in this book. The essays address the main themes in his work over the years, and illustrate as well Hughes' impact on the contributors, many of whom are themselves senior figures in the field. The book as a whole provides a distinguished and representative sampling of a major stream of contemporary sociological thought. Each of the five main divisions in the book covers one aspect of Hughes' work. The first deals with the study of occupations and professions - a field in which Hughes was a leader. The second section deals with race relations and other situations in which peoples of differing cultures meet. Beginning with his own work in French Canada many years ago, Hughes interests spread, and the breadth of this interest is seen in chapters on India, Peru, and race relations in the United States. Problems of organizations - how they are put together and how they work - are contained in a third section. A fourth section reflects Hughes' interest in the impact of institutional experience on the people who participate in social institutions, and includes chapters on occupational socialization, status passage, and the use of drugs. A final section develops still another of Hughes' interests - social science method. Presenting some of the most important topics of contemporary theory and research, this book remains profitable reading for every member of the discipline
Telling about society by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the unconventional ways we communicate what we know about society to others. Becker explores the many ways knowledge about society can be shared and interpreted through different forms of telling—fiction, films, photographs, maps, even mathematical models—many of which remain outside the boundaries of conventional social science. Eight case studies, including the photographs of Walker Evans, the plays of George Bernard Shaw, the novels of Jane Austen and Italo Calvino, and the sociology of Erving Goffman, provide support for Becker’s argument: that every way of telling about society is perfect—for some purpose. The trick is, as Becker notes, to discover what purpose is served by doing it this way rather than that. From publisher description
Culture and civility in San Francisco by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

10 editions published between 1971 and 2018 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Framing and being framed : 7 works, 1970-75 by Hans Haacke( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in English and Germanic and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Points of view, the stereograph in America : a cultural history by Edward W Earle( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evidence by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Howard S. Becker is a master of his discipline. His reputation as a teacher, as well as a sociologist, is supported by his best-selling quartet of sociological guidebooks: Writing for Social Scientists, Tricks of the Trade, Telling About Society, and What About Mozart? What About Murder? It turns out that the master sociologist has yet one more trick up his sleeve, a fifth guidebook, Evidence. Becker has for seventy years been mulling over the problem of evidence. He argues that social scientists don't take questions about the usefulness of their data as evidence for their ideas seriously enough. For example, researchers have long used the occupation of a person's father as evidence of the family's social class, but studies have shown this to be a flawed measure for one thing, a lot of people answer that question too vaguely to make the reasoning plausible. The book is filled with examples like this, and Becker uses them to expose a series of errors, suggesting ways to avoid them, or even to turn them into research topics in their own right. He argues strongly that because no data-gathering method produces totally reliable information, a big part of the research job consists of getting rid of error. Readers will find Becker's newest guidebook a valuable tool, useful for social scientists of every variety.--
 
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Do you know--? : the jazz repertoire in action
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Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or articleSymbolic interaction and cultural studiesDo you know--? : the jazz repertoire in actionArt worldsTricks of the trade : how to think about your research while you're doing itWhat is a case? : exploring the foundations of social inquiryOn literature and societyMaking the grade; the academic side of college life
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