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The Many Faces of Sociology: Ambivalence and Conflict in Graduate Education
The American Sociologist
  • Victoria J. Godino, University of Missouri
  • Barbara G. Brents, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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This article addresses how the ambivalence of the discipline of sociology affects students’ understanding of it. We consider this ambivalence as multi-layered. The first level embodies the usefulness of sociology as a discipline and sociologists’ ambivalence toward their profession. The second involves applying a sociological perspective to our everyday lives. We discuss the administrative organization of our department, the examination structure, and the structure of asymetric power relations. We conclude that one possible solution toward resolving ambivalences both in our everyday lives and within the profession is to take our critical theoretical training seriously.

  • Ambivalence,
  • Education,
  • Education,
  • Higher,
  • Management,
  • Perspective,
  • Social structure,
  • Sociology
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Victoria J. Godino and Barbara G. Brents. "The Many Faces of Sociology: Ambivalence and Conflict in Graduate Education" The American Sociologist Vol. 18 Iss. 1 (1987) p. 53 - 57
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