Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition

Voorkant
University of Chicago Press, 15 nov. 2008 - 208 pagina's
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.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Freshman English for Graduate Students
1
Persona and Authority
26
One Right Way
43
Editing by Ear
68
Learning to Write as a Professional
90
Risk by Pamela Richards
108
Getting It out the Door
121
Terrorized by the Literature
135
1986 Preface
ix
Freshman English for Graduate Students
1
Persona and Authority
26
One Right Way
43
Editing by Ear
68
Learning to Write as a Professional
90
Risk by Pamela Richards
108
Getting It out the Door
121

Writing with Computers
150
A Final Word
173
References
185
Index
193
Contents
v
Preface to theSecond Edition
vii
Terrorized by the Literature
135
Writing with Computers
150
A Final Word
173
References
185
Index
193

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Over de auteur (2008)

Howard S. Becker lives and works in San Francisco. He is the author of several books, including Outsiders, Tricks of the Trade, and Telling About Society.

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