Touching lives
Writing the sociological and the personal
in Writing otherwise
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In her essay, Carol Smart looks back on her work as a sociologist of family relations, challenging the academic requirement to retain distance and objectivity, and exploring how the personal connection intervenes, despite oneself, in the encounter with some of those studied. As with other essays in this volume, though in a rather different way, she comes back to questions of affect, in her account of being touched by the stories she uncovers.

Writing otherwise

Experiments in cultural criticism

Editors: Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff


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