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Becker, Howard Saul 1928-

Works: 224 works in 1,038 publications in 10 languages and 26,105 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Exhibition catalogs  Case studies  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Publishing director, Other, Instrumentalist, Contributor, Interviewee, Honoree, Director, Performer
Classifications: H91, 301.246
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Howard Saul Becker
Outsiders; studies in the sociology of deviance by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

100 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refers specifically to 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 )

37 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,923 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. - Publisher
Art worlds by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

67 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,554 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
The other side; perspectives on deviance by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

33 editions published between 1962 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,291 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
Tricks of the trade : how to think about your research while you're doing it by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Turkish and held by 1,285 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
Social problems: a modern approach by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

18 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

49 editions published between 1961 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

17 editions published between 1968 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Campus power struggle by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

18 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

31 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symbolic interaction and cultural studies by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 681 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 challenging volume explores that border area
Institutions and the person; papers presented to Everett C. Hughes by Everett C Hughes( Book )

18 editions published in 1968 in 3 languages and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a case? : exploring the foundations of social inquiry by Charles C Ragin( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 571 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
Telling about society by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of French writer Georges Perec's most famous pieces, "I Remember", 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 S. 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 and for anyone interested in communicating knowledge in unconventional ways
Culture and civility in San Francisco by Howard Saul Becker( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 518 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 473 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 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring society photographically by Mary and Leigh Block Gallery( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On literature and society by Antônio Cândido( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do you know--? : the jazz repertoire in action by Robert R Faulkner( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 298 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
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Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article
Alternative Names
Becker, H. S. 1928-

Becker, H. S. (Howard Saul), 1928-

Becker, Howard

Becker, Howard 1928-

Becker, Howard S.

Becker, Howard S. 1928-

Becker, Howard S. (Howard Saul)

Becker, Howard S. (Howard Saul), 1928-

Becker Howard Saul

Howard Becker sociologue américain

Howard S. Becker Amerikaans socioloog

Howard S. Becker US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Howard Saul Becker

Howard Saul Becker sociologo statunitense

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베케, 하워드 S. 1928-

베케, 하워드 소울 1928-


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Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or articleArt worldsTricks of the trade : how to think about your research while you're doing itBoys in white; student culture in medical schoolMaking the grade; the academic side of college lifeCampus power struggleSociological work; method and substanceSymbolic interaction and cultural studies