Writing for Social Scientists

An examination of the moral and emotional problems at the root of bad writing.

Author: Howard Saul Becker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226041085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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An examination of the moral and emotional problems at the root of bad writing.

Writing for Social Scientists

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 ...

Author: Howard S. Becker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226041377

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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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.

Technical Writing for Social Scientists

Purpose The purpose of this book is to teach a specialized form of writing
technical writing — to social scientists . To have social scientists become
technical writers may strike some as an unusual undertaking , and perhaps ,
naturally so ...

Author: John Sterling Harris

Publisher: Burnham Incorporated Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015004322619

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 122

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Creative Writing for Social Research

While Harper (2019:20) credits creative writers with constantly tacking 'between
the recognized systems of our written language and types of novelty and of
originality', social scientists and other academics often do the same, and not only
in ...

Author: Richard Phillips

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781447355984

Category:

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Inviting beginners and more experienced researchers to explore new ways of writing, this book introduces readers to creatively written research in a variety of formats including plays and poems, videos and comics. It not only gives social researchers permission, but also shows them how, to write creatively.

Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Though it would be useful to develop ways of describing the whole spectrum of
academic writing, I limit myself here to writing in the humanities and social
sciences because they have been relatively neglected while scientific and
technical ...

Author: Susan MacDonald

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809319306

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

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In Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Susan Peck MacDonald tackles important and often controversial contemporary questions regarding the rhetoric of inquiry, the social construction of knowledge, and the professionalization of the academy. MacDonald argues that the academy has devoted more effort to analyzing theory and method than to analyzing its own texts. Professional texts need further attention because they not only create but are also shaped by the knowledge that is special to each discipline. Her assumption is that knowledge-making is the distinctive activity of the academy at the professional level; for that reason, it is important to examine differences in the ways the professional texts of subdisciplinary communities focus on and consolidate knowledge within their fields. Throughout the book, MacDonald stresses her conviction that academics need to do a better job of explaining their text-making axioms, clarifying their expectations of students at all levels, and monitoring their own professional practices. MacDonald’s proposals for both textual and sentence-level analysis will help academic professionals better understand how they might improve communication within their professional communities and with their students.

Telling About Society

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 ...

Author: Howard S. Becker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226041261

Category: Reference

Page: 313

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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.

Writing the Social Text

This collection of scholarly essays begins with an overview of this emerging field, and covers the specific stylistic practices by which social scientists create "objective" or "true" representations of society.

Author: Richard Harvey Brown

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412841879

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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During the past decade, it has become commonplace to interpret social and cultural reality-the very groundwork of the social sciences-as linguistic constructions. Not only is society viewed as a text, but scientific texts themselves are seen as rhetorical constructions. This collection of scholarly essays begins with an overview of this emerging field, and covers the specific stylistic practices by which social scientists create "objective" or "true" representations of society. The volume closes with a consideration of the more telling challenges to the rhetorics of the social sciences and how these might be encompassed or overcome.

Social Science and the Self

The argument in this book is based in the author's own experience, reflecting her own need to speak more directly through her social science. This book is also about that struggle with standard forms and traditional styles of expression.

Author: Susan Krieger

Publisher: Susan Krieger

ISBN: 0813517141

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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The social science disciplines tend to view the self as a contaminant. The unique, inner life of the observer, the researcher, is to be separated, neutralized, standardized, and controlled. At the same time, the observer is expected to use the self in understanding the world. Susan Krieger, a sociologist trained in traditional social science, argues in this controversial book that this view of the self needs to be altered. Social scientists should develop their individual perspectives in their work and ought to acknowledge, more honestly than they do, the extent to which their studies reflect their inner lives. The argument in this book is based in the author's own experience, reflecting her own need to speak more directly through her social science. This book is also about that struggle with standard forms and traditional styles of expression. It is about a social science that is more subjective, idiosyncratic, ambivalent, conflicted--about the inner life and experiences that cannot be measured, tested, or fully shared. Beginning with a discussion of her own training, Susan Krieger proceeds to consider both personal and general issues that arise in writing social science. She compares the work of a mystery writer and an anthropologist, investigates the writings of Georgia O'Keeffe, and examines ideas of self and community among Pueblo Indian potters. In concluding chapters, she returns to her own teaching and research experiences--and the experiences of her colleagues, other women wrestling with similar issues. The voices of eight other feminist scholars complete the book with their various and yet harmonious reflections on the relationship between self and form in their work.

Learn to Write Badly

A humorous, clearly written scholarly analysis of what is going wrong with the way that social scientists write.

Author: Michael Billig

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107027053

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

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A humorous, clearly written scholarly analysis of what is going wrong with the way that social scientists write.

Evidence

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.

Author: Howard S. Becker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226466408

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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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.

Research Methodology in Social Science

Research, In The Sense Of Development, Elaboration And Refinement Of Principles, Together With The Collection And Use Of Empirical Materials To Help In These Processes, Is One Of Die Highest Activities Of A University And One In Which All ...

Author: Arvind Kumar

Publisher: Sarup & Sons

ISBN: 8176252786

Category: Social sciences

Page: 359

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Yet Research May Be Regarded As A Useful Form Of Activity. Research, In The Sense Of Development, Elaboration And Refinement Of Principles, Together With The Collection And Use Of Empirical Materials To Help In These Processes, Is One Of Die Highest Activities Of A University And One In Which All Its Professors Should Be Engaged. Research Need Not Be Thought Of As A Special Prerogative Of Young Men And Women Preparing Themselves For A Higher Degree. Nobody Needs The Permission Of A University To Do Research And Many Of The Great Scholars Did Not Any Research In The Ordinary Sense Of The Term. Yet They Succeeded In Contributing Significantly To The Existing Realms Of Knowledge. Research Is A Matter Of Realising A Question And Then Trying To Find An Answer. In Other Words, Research Means A Sort Of Investigation Describing The Fact That Some Problem Is Being Investigated To Shed For Generalization. Therefore, Research Is The Activity Of Solving Problem Which Adds New Knowledge And Developing Of Theory As Well As Gathering Of Evidence To Test Generalization.In View Of This, The Present Attempt Is Made To Describe The Different Aspects Of Research Generally Being Conducted By The Social Scientists And It Is Hoped That It Will Be Of Great Use For All Those Concerned With Social Research.

Successful Academic Writing

Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond.

Author: Anneliese A. Singh

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462529421

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond. The authors delve into nitty-gritty aspects of structure, style, and language, and offer a window onto the thought processes and strategies that strong writers rely on. Essential topics include how to: identify the audience for a particular piece of writing; craft a voice appropriate for a discipline-specific community of practice; compose the sections of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research article; select the right peer-reviewed journal for submitting an article; and navigate the publication process. Readers are also guided to build vital self-coaching skills in order to stay motivated and complete projects successfully. User-Friendly Features *Exercises (with answers) analyzing a variety of texts. *Annotated excerpts from peer-reviewed journal articles. *Practice opportunities that help readers apply the ideas to their own writing projects. *Personal reflections and advice on common writing hurdles. *End-of-chapter Awareness and Action Reminders with clear steps to take.

Going Public

-- Writing beyond the academy -- Telling stories about your research -- Books for general audiences -- The digital turn -- Building an audience -- The perils of going public -- Making it count, making a difference

Author: Arlene Stein

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226364780

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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Introduction: so you want to go public? -- Writing beyond the academy -- Telling stories about your research -- Books for general audiences -- The digital turn -- Building an audience -- The perils of going public -- Making it count, making a difference

Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade will help students learn how to think about research projects.

Author: Howard S. Becker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226041247

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Tricks of the Trade will help students learn how to think about research projects.

A Rhetoric for the Social Sciences

This book provides social science majors with a systematic way of learning to write in their fields.

Author: Kristine Hansen

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: UOM:39015040072079

Category: Social Science

Page: 492

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This book provides social science majors with a systematic way of learning to write in their fields. It is based on the assumption that such writing is not a mechanical process, but a kind of rhetoric social scientists use to persuade each other of the validity of their research. KEY TOPICS: Features comprehensive coverage of research methods, including how to plan and propose original research, how to gather data or evidence from sources and how to document it. It goes beyond the typical survey of library tools and offers a brief chapter on how to use the Internet as a research tool.

Social Science Probings

That writing regularly can increase one ' s creative potentials has time and again
been emphasized in many of these works . In this connection , one is advised to
consult the following two texts : Howard Becker ' s Writing for Social Scientists ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015066390603

Category: Communism

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Crossroads of Social Science

18 Few social science graduate programs provide systematic training in writing
and in the reporting of the results of research , but they should do so , and the
training should include a strong emphasis on the proper use of causal language .

Author: Heinz Eulau

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4450643

Category: Social Science

Page: 177

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." . . anyone concerned with the state of social science disciplines should find these essays of interest." - Journal of Politics

Writing in the Disciplines

Perspectives on Social Science Topics In this anthology we present writing on
social science topics done by journalists and other popular writers as well as by
social scientists. These writers treat the same subject matter, but their
approaches ...

Author: Mary Lynch Kennedy

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 0139708723

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 576

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