Sociological research online, 1997, Vol.2(1)
Anselm Strauss was my teacher and my friend. I think all of his students would echo that statement: Anselm was someone for whom learning, teaching, working and playing were inextricably combined. This was not incidental to his intellectual contributions. Sociology was meant to be part of life, ongoing, entwined ... not a thing set apart. Certainly not a thing set apart within a classroom, or in a discipline, or in effete theoretical formulations. Sociology meant an ongoing series of conversations. These conversations took all manner of shapes -- between the theorists of the past and we the living, between European movies and Dewey's pragmatism, between the costumes of people on the streets of San Francisco and the formal sociology of Georg Simmel. I was lucky to be part of those conversations for nearly twenty years, from the time I began as his graduate student at the University of California, San Francisco, in the 1970s, to his death on September 5, 1996. This is a personal and scholarly memoir, not an intellectual biography or a formal statement of Strauss's accomplishments. The biography is yet to be written, the formal statements have appeared in a number of venues in the last six months, including a brief obituary in the last edition of this journal. David Maines' (1991) excellent festschrift for Anselm gives a good overview of some of his students' and colleagues' appreciation and analysis of his work. Adapted from the source document.
Anselm Strauss ; Sociology
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