Unwinding: Reflections on a Career

James F. Short, Jr., Washington State University

A criminologist seems always to be in a hurry to get somewhere, to do something or to do it better; all-too-often, alas, to catch up. What keeps many in the fast lane is the satisfaction of discovery. My advice, then: be ambitious, work hard, and enjoy the ride! I am rarely bored with life, and see no reason why given good health and an active mind one should ever be. I believe that one should embrace life with all its challenges and opportunities. For me, this has meant avoiding too narrow concentration on any single specialization. Working in risk analysis forced me to become better acquainted with literatures that I had negelected research and theory in organizations, for example. It facilitated my return to earlier interests in technology and social changew, and helped me to become a better and more general sociologist.

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