Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Sociology of Howard S. BeckerTheory with a Wide Horizon$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alain Pessin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226362717

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 30 July 2021

A Sociological Perspective

A Sociological Perspective

Chapter:
(p.53) 4 A Sociological Perspective
Source:
The Sociology of Howard S. Becker
Author(s):

Alain Pessin

, Steven Rendall
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0004

In this chapter, Pessin characterizes Becker’s particular sociological perspective, which is based on direct observation guided by a certain orientation of the sociological way of seeing things. He explains how Becker does not seek a complete understanding, but rather a more complete understanding of social interactions. The chapter details the way Beckerian sociology reoriented the sociological gaze to focus on categories of activities instead of categories of people, as well as to raise the notion of coincidence to the rank of a tool essential for understanding social life. Pessin explains how Becker sees things in terms of processes and contingencies and views collective life as a continual process of creation, denying the possibility that sociology can predict social life.

Keywords:   Howard Becker, sociology, categories, coincidence, contingencies, processes, analytic induction

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.