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Zum Geleit / Foreword
Grußwort / Preface
Begrüßung / Welcoming remarks
Bericht der Jury / Report of the Jury
Laudatio / In honor of Richard Sennett
How I write: Sociology as Literature /
Wie ich schreibe: Soziologie als Literatur (Gerda Henkel Vorlesung)
Vita, ausgewählte Publikationen / Vita, Selected Publications
. I want next, therefore, to talk about the craft of social writing. What I'm going to describe to you are issues drawn from my own experience - I certainly would not hold myself up as a shining example of writing well, and certainly there are many other solutions to the problems of expressive writing than those I've found. But the problems themselves, I would claim, are generic to socially minded literature.
Today, many social scientists are menaced by exclusion from this public realm, due to their feeble powers of expression. This feebleness is not simply a personal failing. The history of academic institutions seeking to protect their freedom, the specialization and bureaucratization of knowledge, are general sources of intellectual isolation; the feebleness of shared intelligence is but one tangible result. The depth of what researchers know becomes incommunicable, due to a lack of expressive tools; the public is left with the husks, the surfaces of knowledge.