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Occupational Socialization and Working Lives (1994)

1st Edition

By Amanda Coffey, Paul Atkinson


153 pages

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Published in 1994, this book gathers together a series of original studies on occupational socialization and the everyday realities of work. It includes detailed, empirically based accounts of a variety of occupational settings. Included are: social workers; trainee midwives; prison officers; accountants; teachers; psychiatrists; postgraduate research students. They all reflect the tradition of qualitative research that has been developed at Cardiff.

This book was originally published as part of the Cardiff Papers in Qualitative Research series edited by Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont and Amanda Coffey. The series publishes original sociological research that reflects the tradition of qualitative and ethnographic inquiry developed at Cardiff. The series includes monographs reporting on empirical research, edited collections focussing on particular themes, and texts discussing methodological developments and issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Coffey, Atkinson. 1. The Happy Family: Learning Colleagueship in a Social Work Team, Pithouse. 2. Collective Responsibility and Individual Success: The Early Training Experience of Graduate Accountants. 3. Prison Officers and their Survival Strategies, Carter. 4. Retreat and Regroup: Occupational Boundaries of Teaching in a Special School, Todd. 5. ‘There is More than One Way to Kill a Cat’: Making Sense of Post-experience Professional Training, Salisbury. 6. Novices and Experts: Initial Encounters in Midwifery, Davies. 7. Reproducing Psychiatry, Bunton. 8. Suspended Between Two Stools: Doctoral Students in Higher Education, Delamont, Parry, Atkinson, Hiken.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General