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Unformatted text preview: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. Printing note: If you do not want to print this page, select pages 2 to the end on the print dialog screen. Mann Library fax: 607 255-0318 www.mannlib.cornell.edu vni SOCIOLOGY AS AN INDIVIDUAL PASTIME There are very few jokes about sociologists. This is frustrating for the sociologists, especially if they com- pare themselves with their more favored second cous- ins, the psychologists, who have pretty much taken over that sector of American huinor that used lo be occupied by clergymen. A psychologist, introduced as such at a party, at once finds himself the object of considerable attention and uncomfortable mirth. A sociologist in the same circumstance is likely lo meet with no more of a reaction than if he had been announced as an insurance salesman. He will have to win his attention the hard way, just like everyone else. This is annoying and un- fair, but it may also be instructive. The dearth of jokes about sociologists indicates, of course, that they are not as much part of the popular imagination as psycholo- gisls have become. But it probably also indicates that there is a certain ambiguity in the images that people do have of them. It may thus be a good starting point for our considerations lo lake a closer look at some of these images. If one asks undergraduate students why they are tak- ing sociology' as a major, one often gets the reply, "be- cause I like to work with people." If one then goes on to ask such students about their occupational future, as they envisage it, one often hears that they intend to go into social work. Of this more in a moment. Other an- swers are more vague and general, but all indicate that the student in question would rather deal with people than with things. Occupations mentioned in this con- nection include personnel work, human relations in in- dustry, public relations, advertising, community plan- ning or religious work of the unordained variety. The common assumption is that in all these lines of endeavor INVITATION TO .SOCIOLOGY one might "do something lor people," "help people," "do work that is usclul for the community." The imago of the sociologist involved here could be described as a secularized version of the...
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