100 Books: 100 Texts That Influenced My Thinking–Becker, Howard S.:

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article by Howard S. Becker, Pamela Richards

Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Your Research While You’re Doing It

Art Worlds

Telling About Society

Becoming a Marihuana User

Boys in White by Howard S. Becker, Blanche Geer, Everett C. Hughes

Symbolic Interaction and Cultural Studies

Quotes by Howard S. Becker

“All social groups make rules and attempt, at some times and under some circumstances, to enforce them. Social rules define situations and the kinds of behavior appropriate to them, specifying some actions as “right” and forbidding others as “wrong”.”  Howard S. Becker, Outsiders

“It is unfeeling to speak of the people who cooperate in the production of art works as “personnel,” or, worse yet, “support personnel,” but that accurately reflects their importance in the conventional art world view. In that view, the person who does the “real work,” making the choices that give the work its artistic importance and integrity, is the artist, who may be any of a number of people involved in its production, everyone else’s job is to assist. I do not accept the view of the relative importance of the “personnel” involved that the term connotes, but i use it to emphasize that it is the common view in art worlds”
― Howard Becker

“Write whatever comes into your head, as fast as you can type, without reference to outlines, notes, data, books or any other aids. The object is to find out what you would like to say, what all your earlier work on the topic or project has already led you to believe.”

Howard S. Becker, Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article