Telling About Society
University of Chicago Press, 1 nov. 2007 - 313 pagina's
I Remember, one of French writer Georges Perec’s most famous pieces, consists of 480 numbered paragraphs—each just a few short lines recalling a memory from his childhood. The work has neither a beginning nor an end. Nor does it contain any analysis. But it nonetheless reveals profound truths about French society during the 1940s and 50s.
Taking Perec’s book as its cue, Telling About Society explores the unconventional ways we communicate what we know about society to others. The third in distinguished teacher Howard Becker’s best-selling series of writing guides for social scientists, the book 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 convincing 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.
With Becker’s trademark humor and eminently practical advice, Telling About Society is an ideal guide for social scientists in all fields, for artists interested in saying something about society, and for anyone interested in communicating knowledge in unconventional ways.
Wat mensen zeggen - Een recensie schrijven
We hebben geen recensies gevonden op de gebruikelijke plaatsen.
a≠ect accept activity analysis Antin audience Austen Becker bregmas Calvino charts context culture deﬁned deﬁnition describe di≠erent di∞cult didn’t dimensions discussion documentary photography doesn’t e≠ect experience fact ﬁction ﬁeld ﬁgure ﬁlm ﬁlmmakers ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁndings ﬁrst genre Georges Perec give Go≠man happened ideal types ideas images inﬂuence interested interpret interpretive communities judgments kind language Latour live look makers and users marriage material mathematical meaning moral novel numbers organization participants people’s Perec photographs photojournalism political Polo possible present problem professional questions readers reality representations of society routinely scientiﬁc situation social science social scientists sociologists speciﬁc standard statistical story Street Street Corner Society talk telling about society there’s things tion total institutions true truth understand viewers visual sociology voices Walker Evans Wallace Shawn what’s