Thomas J. Scheff is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Being Mentally Ill, Microsociology, Emotions and Violence (with Suzanne Retzinger), Bloody Revenge, Emotions and the Social Bond, and other books and articles. The last book mentioned (1997) concerns part/whole, a unified approach to theory and method in the human sciences. He is a former Chair of the section on the Sociology of Emotions, American Sociological Association, and President of the Pacific Sociological Association. His fields of research are social psychology, emotions, and mental illness. His current studies concern solidarity-alienation and the emotional/relational world. His most recent books are Goffman Unbound!: A New Paradigm for Social Science (The Sociological Imagination) (2006) and Easy Rider: Poems, Essays, and Memoir (2007). He would like to become a generalist, but it is hard to shed bad habits.