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Notes on the Concept of Commitment
  • H. Becker
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 July 1960
The concept of commitment is widely used but has received little formal analysis. It contains an implicit explanation of one mechanism producing consistent human behavior. Commitments come into beingExpand
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Whose Side are we on
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Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Your Research While You're Doing It
Tricks of the Trade will help students learn how to think about research projects.Drawing on more than four decades of experience as a researcher and teacher, Howard Becker now brings to students and researchers the many valuable techniques he has learned. Expand
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Problems of Inference and Proof in Participant Observations
The kinds of data it can provide are limited, of course, to those which represent objective events and which are subject to recall with a reasonable degree of accuracy. The validity of our resultsExpand
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Becoming a Marihuana User
  • H. Becker
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 November 1953
An individual will be able to use marihuana for pleasure only when he 1. learns to smoke it in a way that will produce real effects; 2. learns to recognize the effects and connect them with drug use;Expand
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What Is a Case?: Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry
Introduction 1. Cases of 'what is a case?' Charles C. Ragin Part I. Cases Are Found: 2. Small Ns and community case studies Douglas Harper 3. What do cases do? Some notes on activity in sociologicalExpand
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Photography and Sociology
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Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article
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,Expand
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