“This provocative book should be read by students of Symbolic Interactionism (SI) and by those interested in intellectual history. Glenn Jacobs utilizes the Cooley papers and seems to have read everything Cooley wrote, published (Cooley 1902, 1909), and unpublished. Jacobs has written a well crafted and thoroughly cogent—even entertaining—book about a topic that has been ignored since the 1960s.”
That’s how Hans Bakker begins his review of Glenn Jacob’s “Charles Horton Cooley: Imagining Social Reality”.
The book was published in 2006 but somehow not reviewed for Symbolic Interaction. Bakker’s review shows that the book is more than worthwhile reading and highlights Jacob’s contribution to our understanding of Colley’s place in ecological theory and interactionism.
The review can be downloaded here.
There is considerable interest within our community in the history of SSSI and its key publications. One book that is central to interactionism and interactionist research and that probably is read by most students of sociology is Howard S. Becker‘s “Outsiders“. The book that has been sold more than 100000 copies contains articles that generally are seen as the axis for studies on deviance and what often is called “labelling theory”.
In his article “Chicago, Jazz and Marijuana: Howard Becker on Outsiders” Thaddaeus Müller traces the background to Howard Becker’s studies and the emergence of the research that is the basis for this book.
Related to this paper, readers might be interested in Tom DeGloma’s interview with Clinton Sanders on “Working with Howard Becker” published on on YouTube Channel, and the related article by Clint in Symbolic Interaction.
Another related article in Symbolic Interaction is Jack Katz’s “Jazz in Social Interaction: Personal Creativity, Collective Constraint, and Motivational Explanation in the Social Thought of Howard S. Becker” (1994, Vol.17(3): 253-379).
The article “Fighting with Oneself to Maintain the Interaction Order: A Sociological Approach to Self-Injury Daily Process” by Baptiste Brossard (Université de Montréal) has just been published on Early View. It examines in-depth interviews with 70 people who self-harm or have self-harmed at some point in their lives. The analysis reveals how the interviews use self-harm as a way to deal with their emotional state allowing them to get on with their lives.
In his review of Rosalyn Darling’s book “Disability and Identity” Alex I. Thompson highlights the pervasiveness of ‘identity’ as a theme in symbolic interactionist research and publications such as our journal. Hence, it is not surprising that a book like Darling’s is reviewed in Symbolic Interaction and also that it has a strong relationship to one of the key authors in sociology, Erving Goffman, who the journal devoted a Special Issue to early this year. Thompson says that “Darling’s piece revitalizes interactionist and identity scholarship of decades passed while simultaneously paving the way for crucial future advancements theoretically and practically.” To read the review, go here