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Four Horsemen of a Sociological Apocalypse: Episodes of Dysfunction

  • Christopher T. HusbandsEmail author
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Abstract

Already in previous chapters it will have been apparent that the history of LSE Sociology was often far from harmonious and indeed relationships were sometimes poisonous. Perhaps this is not in some respects surprising. Much of the fictional literature about academic life presents one of two tropes: either of academics as being uninterested in their students and so having the opinion common of many of those working in any service industry or profession, often seen in studies of the sociology of work, that the job would be great but for the demands of those who are expecting the service – the epigraph at the head of Chap.  2 rather embodies this perspective; or, if they are not neglecting or exploiting their students, academics are falling out with one another – as seen in novels such as some by C. P. Snow or David Lodge. Why then should LSE Sociology be any different from the academic stereotypes?

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  1. 1.Emeritus Reader in SociologyLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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