In the mid-1960s, this Irish student of sociology went to Ormskirk in Lancashire to earn the winter’s drinking money on a pea farm. There were five students working on the farm using pitchforks to send pea stalks up a conveyor belt into a very large rotating drum. After much rattling and groaning within the drum, a trickle of peas fell out the other end. By strange coincidence, there was another student of sociology in the team of five. He studied at the University of Hull. He recognised a fellow traveller in sociology, one who also had to endure the reading of Parsons, hence the Irish lad being nicknamed ‘Talcott’ to the mystification of other workers on the farm. The Irish lad understood the tag.


Symbolic Capital Visual Consciousness Sociological Imagination Protestant Ethic Religious Symbol 
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© Kieran Flanagan 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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