chapter  4
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Doing sociology: confessions of a professional stranger

ByEileen Barker

I never planned to be a sociologist of religion – indeed, I never planned to be an academic. I didn’t get an undergraduate degree until I was 32. My desire had always been to go on the stage and at school I studied for A levels in zoology, physics, and chemistry because my parents said they would pay for me to go to drama school only if I had something to fall back on when I realized my mistake. They assumed that, like the rest of my family, I would want to study medicine.