212.001Sociology Of Death
Chris Wellin is a sociologist whose teaching and research interests focus on critical gerontology; the study of work and occupations; and qualitative/interpretive research methods. Wellin has done ethnographic studies in diverse settings and communities, including technical theatre, factory work, and paid care-giving, especially for older people facing chronic illness and disability. Wellin's project has been to document and theorize informal, often tacit, work skills and their implications for the social organization of work and formal systems of authority. His publications have appeared in such outlets as Current Research on Occupations and Professions; Teaching Sociology; Qualitative Sociology; Journal of Aging and Social Policy; and the Handbook of Ethnography. A recent (2007) report summarizing ethnographic research on paid care-giving was commissioned by a committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
Aging and the life course; Caregiving for people who are older and/or face chronic illness or disability; Sociology of work/occupations; careers; Qualitative research methods; Teaching/pedagogy.