Howard Becker: A Sociologist between Worlds and Eras


  • Ugo Corte University of Stavanger



Howard Becker, art worlds, fields, collaborative circles, The French Impressionists


Howard Becker, one of the most influential and revered sociologists of our time, died on August 16, 2023. His theorizing and methods for doing research have influenced three generations of researchers. He began as an outsider in the field, yet drew people to his approach. This essay is a tribute to his memory.


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How to Cite

Corte, U. (2024). Howard Becker: A Sociologist between Worlds and Eras. Sociologica, 18(1), 139–144.