Institutions and the Person: Festschrift in Honor of Everett C.Hughes

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Everett C. Hughes had a great impact on the field of sociologyas a whole and on an entire generation of sociologists.Some of Hughes’ former students and colleagues honorhim in this book. The essays address the main themesin his work over the years, and illustrate as well Hughes’impact on the contributors, many of whom are themselvessenior figures in the field. The book as a whole providesa distinguished and representative sampling of a majorstream of contemporary sociological thought.Each of the five main divisions in the book covers oneaspect of Hughes’ work. The first deals with the study ofoccupations and professions-a field in which Hugheswas a leader. The second section deals with race relationsand other situations in which peoples of differing culturesmeet. Beginning with his own work in French Canadamany years ago, Hughes interests spread, and the breadthof this interest is seen in chapters on India, Peru, and racerelations in the United States.Problems of organizations-how they are put togetherand how they work-are contained in a third section. Afourth section reflects Hughes’ interest in the impact ofinstitutional experience on the people who participate insocial institutions, and includes chapters on occupationalsocialization, status passage, and the use of drugs. A finalsection develops still another of Hughes’ interests-socialscience method. Presenting some of the most importanttopics of contemporary theory and research, this bookremains profitable reading for every member of the discipline.

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