Craib, Ian 1945-2002

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CRAIB, Ian 1945-2002

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born December 12, 1945, in Croydon, Surrey, England; died of cancer December 22, 2002, in Cambridge, England. Sociologist, psychotherapist, educator, and author. With his unique background in both sociology and psychotherapy, Craib helped bring these two disciplines together with his theories of the central importance of human interaction. He was a graduate of Borough Polytechnic, London, where he earned his B.A. in 1970, and the University of Manchester, where he received hi Ph.D. in sociology in 1973. In 1985 he became a certified psychotherapist and after completing his Ph.D., Craib joined the faculty at the University of Essex as a lecturer in sociology. He was promoted to reader in 1995 and became a professor in 1997. His interest in his two areas of study led him to help create the first master's degree program in England that combined sociology and psychotherapy. Craib's early work focused on sociology, and included such books as Sociology and Existentialism: A Study of Jean-Paul Sartre (1976) and Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas (1984). After he was diagnosed with cancer he wrote The Importance of Disappointment (1994) in which he exhorts readers not to avoid anxiety and disappointment but to face it head on. Other works by Craib include Classical Social Theory (1997), Experiencing Identity (1998), and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Introduction (2001).



Independent (London, England), January 24, 2003, p. 18.

Times (London, England), January 31, 2003.