Fields of Play: Constructing an Academic Life

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Rutgers University Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 255 pages
How do the specific circumstances in which we write affect what we write? How does what we write affect who we become? How can we maintain professsional and personal integrity in today's university? In a series of traditional and experimental writings, a culmination of ten years of works-in-progress, Laurel Richardson records an intellectual journey, displacing boundaries and creating new ways of reading and writing. Applying the sociological imagination to the writing process, she connects her life to her work.

Deeply engaging, movingly written with grace, elegance, and clarity, the book stimulates readers to situate their own writing in personal, social, and political contexts.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
TROUBLING THEORY
10
PALIMPSEST
23
SOMETHING WONDERFUL
36
ERASURE FIGHTS
50
AN ETHNOGRAPHIC DRAMA
63
BELONGING
84
GOOD CATCH
99
LOUISA MAYS STORY OF HER LIFE
131
SYNCHRONICITY
138
THE TRUTH OF CONSEQUENCES
145
AND FEEL MOST BRACED
173
SACRED SPACES
183
EDUCATIONAL BIRDS
197
ARE You MY ALMA MATER
208
VESPERS
217

REPLAY
116
LEFT FIELD 1
123

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About the author (1997)

Laurel Richardson is a professor of sociology, graduate faculty in women's studies, and visiting professor in the College of Education at the Ohio State University.

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