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The Sociologist's EyeReflections on Social Life$
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Kai Erikson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106671

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106671.001.0001

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Introduction: A Way of Looking

Introduction: A Way of Looking

(p.1) Introduction: A Way of Looking
The Sociologist's Eye

Kai Erikson

Yale University Press

This book offers a sense of what social life looks like when viewed with a sociological eye. It reflects on the lay of the land when sociology first made an appearance 150 years ago and considers various locations on the surface of the earth where people gather into social clusters. It also discusses the passages and other forms of change we experience as human beings growing up and becoming active participants in the social order that surrounds us. The author shares his thoughts based on field visits in which he encountered a number of different peoples such as Appalachian coal miners, Puritan settlers, Polish immigrants to America, Army recruits, migrant farm workers from Haiti, Alutiiq fishers and trappers from Alaska, and survivors of civil war in Yugoslavia.

Keywords:   social life, sociology, locations, social clusters, social order, coal miners, Puritan settlers, Polish immigrants, migrant farm workers, civil war

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