Harvey Sacks

Rod Watson
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Harvey Sacks was educated at Columbia, Yale and Berkeley. He qualified in Law as well as Social Science and came to be Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He died in a car accident in 1975 at the age of 40. By that time, he had devised the analytic instruments for a methodologically-radical respecification of the sociology of knowledge and, derivatively, of sociology itself. He treated knowledge as being, primordially, of lay, commonsense status and gave us ways of analysing it, which — unlike conventional sociologies — did not conflate lay society-members’ concerns with those of analysts.

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