New Article on Early View: “Triangulating the Self: Identity Processes in a Connected Era” by Jenny L. Davis

With new social networking sites like Ello become sites where we spend more and more of our time it is no surprise that Symbolic Interaction features articles that explore “the affects processes of self and identity in theoretically and empirically interesting ways” like Jenny L. Davis’ paper “Triangulating the Self: Identity Processes in a Connected Era“, just published on Early View. Based on face to face interviews and synchronous text-based exchanges Davis investigates the negotiation of identity in a networked era. What does it mean to project an “ideal” or an “authentic” image of oneself on Facebook and other social networking sites?


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Review on Recent Developments in French Interactionist Sociology #sssi

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There is a strong but fragmented interactionist tradition in various European countries. One of these countries is France where in particular Howard S. Becker and his sociology are very well received. In fact, Becker has made it his habit to spend some of the summer months in Paris.

In his review “An overview of French Interactionist Sociology ” of  “Les mondes pluriels de Howard S. Becker: travail sociologique et sociologie du travail” by Marc Perrenoud and colleagues Loic Riom discusses the influence of interactionism on French sociology and Becker’s role in the development of this influence.


Relatedly, you might be interested in Clinton Sanders’ reflection on working with Howard Becker and Tom DeGloma’s interview with Clinton Sanders at the 2013 SSSI Conference.

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New on Early View: B Brossard’s article on self-harm #sssi

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.


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“in social life “it all depends” – Alex I. Thompson on ‘Disability and Identity’ by Rosalyn Darling #sssi

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


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Interview with Peter M. Hall on YouTube Channel #sssi

At this summer’s SSSI 2015 Conference in San Francisco the journal’s editor, Robert Dingwall, interviewed Peter M. Hall. The interview covers various aspects of Professor Hall’s career, including his long-standing interest in power, and the current Call for Paper for a Special Issue of Symbolic Interaction on Space and Time issued by Professor Hall.

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Work Stress and Coffee Breaks

There is an ongoing interest in the impact of work on people’s lives and health. Recent news coverage, such as this article in the Financial Times (paywall), particularly highlights the psychological impact of work on people. The focus on “psychological” impacts and “”cognitive” mechanisms that people apply to cope with stress and bullying at work obstructs access to the interactional practices that people employ to create more pleasant work environments and experiences at work. In symbolic interactionism and related work in particular Arlie Russell Hochschild has famously studied “emotion work”. Recently, Pernilie Stroebaeck’s article “Let’s have a cup of Coffee” (published in Vol.36(4) of Symbolic Interaction) has taken up the topic in a different way by exploring how workers use coffee breaks as opportunities to deal with stress and work and to form “coping communities”.

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Symbolic Interaction – CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Space and Time guest edited by Peter Hall

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Space and Time

Guest Editor: Peter Hall

Space and time are basic dimensions of societies and social life. Henri Lefebvre wrote they are distinctive but inseparable. Both together are infrequently addressed and separately have received le attention than they merit. Interactionists have contributed more to temporality than spatiality. Globalization, cyberspace, economic crises, and environmental challenges make imperative examining these developments in terms of space and time. Recent scholarship across a number of disciplines has addressed some of these issues. (For example, see the works of Henri Lefebvre, Barbara Adam, Doreen Massey, Robert Hassan, and Setha Low) Some even framed their work as social constructionist or pragmatist. Interactionists have not engaged this conversation. We have the perspective, concepts, and tools to contribute to this essential social domain and critical global issues. This call is intended to stimulate our entry into those discussions


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