How Much ‘Reading Around’ is Enough?

Research experts read two kinds of ways about big subjects, says the MacArthur-Award winning sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom: 1) what she calls census reading, straightforward reading about the facts of a subject, and 2) reading around, which goes “beyond the object of study to unpack, examine, or pick apart what the person or the object of study represents.”…