New Article: “Anticipating White Futures: The Ends-Based Orientation of White Thinking” by Jennifer Mueller and DyAnna K. Washington @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.563 #sssi #sociology #race

Symbolic Interaction has published a new article entitled “Anticipating White Futures: The Ends-based Orientation of White Thinking”. In their article, Jennifer Mueller and DyAnna K. Washington use Mueller’s Theory of Racial Ignorance to explore how racial cognition abides by ends-based orientation – “one whereby white people coordinate “anticipated futures” to maintain the literal and psychic spoils of racism”. The article reveals “how students’ practical takeaways betray this ends-based orientation, which remains resilient amidst critical learning”.

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Call for Papers – ‘Forgotten Interactionists of Color’, Special Issue of Symbolic Interaction edited by Julien Grayer and Christopher T. Conner #sssi #sociology #journal

Dear Friends and Colleagues,



I wanted to announce an exciting project that I am working on with Julien Grayer, a doctoral candidate here at the University of Missouri. We are preparing a guest edited issue of Symbolic Interaction (the flagship journal for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction) on Forgotten, Neglected, and Mispresented Symbolic Interactionists of Color. We invite you to share this and if interested to please get in touch with us immediately!

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the work of those marginalized within the Symbolic Interactionist tradition due to their race. While there has been a significant amount of attention paid to the marginalization of WEB DuBois, one of the greatest Sociologists to have lived, less attention has been paid to other scholars of color who were unfairly dismissed and experienced racism from other scholars in positions of power. This special issue seeks to make a contribution in helping to correct the scholarly record, highlight the work of those who have been undeservedly marginalized, and to create an opportunity for those working in this important area.

Articles need to follow the author guidelines of the journal available online here: We are particularly interested in papers that resolve some of the theoretical limitations within Symbolic Interaction (i.e. the astructural bias), and in papers that utilize the interactionist framework towards understanding contemporary issues. Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words in length. Shorter papers (6,000 – 8,000 words) are welcome and encouraged. 

Papers that utilize non-traditional perspectives, methods, and new accounts are encouraged and welcome.

To submit a paper please send a brief abstract (title and outline of 100 words or less) no later than October 30th 2021 to ctckdg@missouri.edu and jcg6hb@mail.missouri.edu. First drafts should be submitted between January 1st and March 30th. We anticipate completion of this project, including final reviews, by July 2022.

We are particularly indebted to Jonathan Jimenez, Korey Tillman, and David R. Dickens who are completing a similar projected with Lexington Books. Our project focuses on Symbolic Interactionists, while their project transcends paradigmatic limitations. I encourage you all to check out their volume when it comes out!

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New Article: “Desire/Desirability: Gender Asymmetries in Heterosexual Erotic Attention” by Gabrielle LaFleur https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.555 #sssi #sociology #gender @sociologylens

We have just published Gabrielle LaFleur’s article entitled “Desire/Desirability: Gender Asymmetries in Heterosexual Erotic Attention” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. LaFleur “proposes to synthesize sexual social constructionism, radical feminism, and cognitive sociology in order to identify and analyze “gender asymmetries” in heterosexual erotic attention”.

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New Review Essay: “Moving Beyond Underdog Sociology and Toward Critical Interactionism” by Christopher T. Conner https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.561 #sssi #elite @sociologylens

Interactionist scholars have recently shown an increasing interest in studying the elites, thus moving away from research that, for too long maybe, has emphasised the lives of those with less power. In 2018, Scott Grill’s reviewed Brooke Harrington’s book “Capital without Borders” for us. In his review essay, Christoper T. Conner continues this discussion by examining two books:

Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit By Ashley Mears (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West By Justin Farrell (Princeton University Press, 2021)

Conner argues that “these two ethnographies provide sociology with excellent examples of what is possible when the interactionist perspective is put to use toward the study of contemporary social life”.

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New Book Review: Nahoko Kameo on Janet Vertesi’s “Shaping Science: Organizations, Decisions, and Culture on NASA Teams” #sssi #emca #sciencestudies https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.562 @sociologylens @cyberlyra

We have just published Nahoko Kameo’s excellent review of Janet Vertesi’s book “Shaping Science: Organizations, Decisions, and Culture on NASA Teams”. In her book, Janet Vertesi “tells the story of how this unruly combination of grand-scale missions to know more about space through robots, photos, and particles by multi-national distanced collaborations are made to work.” Kameo suggests that “ShapingScience shows that science is an art—a collective act that organizes scientists, engi-neers, politics, robots, data, and the public. All these elements interact to create theoutput that then becomes our shared knowledge about the space beyond us.”

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New Issue of Symbolic Interaction is out! Vol.44(2) #sssi #sociology @sociologylens

We have just published a new issue, Vol.44 No. 2, that includes 6 articles, 6 book reviews, an invited article by Matthew Hughey entitled “How Blackness Matters in White Lives”, and Anthony J. Puddephatt’s Review Eaasy “What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander? Ecological Ethnography Entangled in Intersectionality”.

Table of Contents

ARTICLES

“We’re the Show at the Circus”: Racially Dissecting the Multiracial Body

Celeste Vaughan Curington

  • Pages: 269-291

“We Share Our Stories and Risk Losing It All”: Activist-Storytelling as Edgework in the Undocumented Youth Movement

Emily R. CabanissHeather Shay

  • Pages: 292-309

Reframing “Dirty Work”: The Case of Homeless Shelter Workers

Julian TorelliAntony Puddephatt

  • Pages: 310-338

They Told Me My Name: Developing a Deaf Identity

Laura MauldinTara Fannon

  • Pages: 339-366

Diagnosis as Topic and as Resource: Reflections on the Epistemology and Ontology of Disease in Medical Sociology

Darin Weinberg

  • Pages: 367-391

Goffman’s Interest in Spies and Espionage: The University of Chicago Context

Gary D. Jaworski

  • Pages: 392-411

EDITORS’ INVITATION

How Blackness Matters in White Lives

Matthew W. Hughey

  • Pages: 412-448

REVIEW ESSAY

What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander? Ecological Ethnography Entangled in Intersectionality

Antony J. Puddephatt

  • Pages: 449-456

BOOK REVIEWS

Intersectionality as an Activist Knowledge Project and a Theory in the Making

Ross Haenfler

  • Pages: 457-459

Christopher T. Conner

  • Pages: 460-462

Patrick Parnaby

  • Pages: 463-465

Improvisation as Metaphor: The Sociology of Howard Becker

Scott Grills

  • Pages: 466-469

Shanmugapriya Umachandran

  • Pages: 470-472

J. E. Sumerau

  • Pages: 473-475
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New Book Review: Neil McLaughlin on “The Hinge” by Gary Alan Fine https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.560 #sssi #sociology #tinypublics @sociologlens

We have just published Neil MLaughlin’s review of Gary Alan Fine’s book “The Hinge: Civil Society, Group Culture, and the Power of Local Commitments. McLaughlin argues that with this book Fine “ventures into the core of political sociology, social movements scholarship, and debates on civil society and the public sphere. At a time when political polarization is fraying the very fabric of American democracy as normal sociability between families and friends are damaged by out-of-control political arguments and attacks, often on social media, Fine’s focus on meso-level dynamics and civil society is needed and timely”.

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https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.560
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New Article: “Reproducing the Gaming Gender Hierarchy” by Bertan Buyukozturk https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.553 #sssi #sociology #gaming #othering #genderhierarchy #socialplace

We have just published Bertan Buyukozturk’s article “Reproducing the Gaming Gender Hierarchy” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. Based on 47 in-depth interviews the author explores how gender inequality is reproduced by gamers.

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New Article on Editor’s Invitation: “Kathy Charmaz: Theory, Method, and Scholarly Identity” by Jacqueline Low and Caitlin Hyslop-Margison https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.551 #sssi #sociology #Charmaz

The editor of Symbolic Interaction has invited Jacqueline Low and Caitlin Hyslop-Margison to reflect on Kathy Charmaz’s work who sadly died on July 26th, 2020. In their article, Low and Hyslop-Margison analyze Charmaz’s research and published works in reference to the historical and biographic contexts that shaped them.

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New Article on Editor’s Invitation: Matthew W. Hughey “How Blackness Matters in White Lives” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.552 #sssi #BLM #race #racialization @sociologylens

From time to time, the editor of Symbolic Interaction invites scholars with expertise in particular areas to write subject-specific articles. One of these invited pieces has just been published on Early View. In his article, Matthew W. Hughey notes that there is little symbolic interactionist research concerned with White engagement with Black Life Matters. To address this gap in research Hughey has undertaken research of all-White groups in New England. Through his analysis of ethnographic observations, in-depth interviews and content analysis data Hughey explores the relationship between White identity formation and White interpretations of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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New Article: “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational Emotions in Legal Adjudication” by Stina Bergman Blix https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.549 #sssi #law @sociologylens

In her article ” “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational Emotions in Legal Adjudication” Sina Berbman Blix analyzes rational decision‐making in court as an emotive‐cognitive process formed in and through social interaction. Bergman Blix draws on current theoretical discussions that have revealed how emotion and thought are intertwined in the workings of the human brain but have seldom elaborated on the contextual and structural features of rational‐emotional decision‐making. She proposes a model that maps emotional processes and emotional management demands to the temporally extended, stepwise process of rational‐legal decision‐making. Her article shows that (a) the bounded structure of the decision‐making process actualizes different emotive‐cognitive complexes at different stages and (b) the demand for objectivity in rational decision‐making calls for parallel emotional processes and subject positions to remain independent while sustaining social cohesion.

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New Article: ““Man Looks at the Outward Appearance, God Looks at the Heart”: Inclusion and Identity in a High Boundary Religion” by Jonathan Walker and Scott T. Fitzgerald https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.548 #sssi #religion @sociologylens

We have just published Jonathan Walker and Scott T. Fitzgerald’s article ““Man Looks at the Outward Appearance, God Looks at the Heart”: Inclusion and Identity in a High Boundary Religion” in which the authors “bring together literatures on identity and cul-ture to examine the boundary work taking place within the UnitedPentecostal Church International (UPCI), a historically conservativedenomination with a fundamentalist orientation toward Christianbelief and practice.”

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Anthony James Williams’ review of Hannem and colleagues’ edited volume “Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice: Critical Perspectives” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.550 #sssi #policing #technology @sociologylens

We have just published Anthony James Williams’ review of “Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice: Critical Perspectives” edited by Stacey Hannem, Carrie Sanders, Christopher J. Schneider, Aaron Doyle, and Tony Christensen. Williams describes the book as “a great introductory resource for advanced high school students, undergraduates, and the everyday person interested in security, risk, and technologies in Western democracies”.

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Review of Waskul & Vannini’s Body/Embodiment #sssi #sociology #body

The recently published Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction‘ has highlighted again the importance of the body for theory and research in Symbolic Interactionism. Over the past decades a large number of articles have been concerned with the body. Quite a few of these articles were written by Dennis Waskul and Phillip Vannini, the editors of the book “Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body” that Ryan McVeigh has reviewed for our journal. The book was originally published in 2006. Now the publisher decided the volume was worthwhile an (unrevised) paperback edition.

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New Special Issue out ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ edited by Will Gibson (@willjimgibson) and Dirk vom Lehn (@dirkvl) #sssi #emca #interaction https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15338665/2021/44/1 cc @sociologylens

Symbolic Interaction (@sijournal) has just published our Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ (Vol.44(1)). The Table of Contents is below.

Will Gibson and Dirk vom Lehn – Introduction: The Senses in Social Interaction [Open Access] https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.539

Danielle Pillet-Shore – “When to Make the Sensory Social: Registering in Face‐to‐Face Openings” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.481 (with video abstract)

Giolo Fele and Ken Liberman – “Some Discovered Practices of Lay Coffee Drinkers” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.486

Lorenza Mondada – “Orchestrating Multi‐sensoriality in Tasting Sessions: Sensing Bodies, Normativity, and Language” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.472

Sally Wiggins and Leelo Keevallik – “Enacting Gustatory Pleasure on Behalf of Another: The Multimodal Coordination of Infant Tasting Practices” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.527

Francesca Astrid Salvadori and Giampietro Gobo – “Sensing the Bike: Creating a Collaborative Unerstanding of a Multi-Sensorial Experience in MotoGP Racing” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.529

Brian Due – Distributed Perception: Co‐Operation between Sense‐Able, Actionable, and Accountable Semiotic Agents https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.538

Sylvie Grosjean, Frederik Matte and Isaac Nahon-Serfaty – “Sensory Ordering” in Nurses’ Clinical Decision‐Making: Making Visible Senses, Sensing, and “Sensory Work” in the Hospital” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.490

David Matthew Edmonds and Christian Greiffenhagen – “Configuring Prospective Sensations: Experimenters Preparing Participants for What They Might Feel” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.485

Eduardo de la Fuente and Michael James Walsh – “Framing Atmospheres: Goffman, Space, and Music in Everyday Life” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.506

Book Reviews

Brigitte Biehl – “Atmospheres always open to change” – Review of ‘Atmospheres and the Experiential World: Theory and Methods’ By Sumartojo, Shanti and Pink, Sarah ( Routledge, 2019) – https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.507

Don Everhart- “Phenomenology, Ethnomethodology, and Intercorporeality” Review of ‘Intercorporeality: Emerging Socialities in Interaction’ edited by Christian Meyer, Juergen Streeck, and J. Scott Jordan (OUP, 2019) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.523

Jessica S. Robles – “Contact: Pushing the Boundaries of Touch‐in‐Interaction” – Review of ‘Touch in Social Interaction: Touch, Language, and Body’ edited by Asta Cekaite and Lorenza Mondada (Routledge, 2019) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.524

Jeffrey van den Scott – “Loud, Fast, and Hard: Changing Identities in a Musical Subculture” – Review of ‘Psychobilly: Subcultural Survival’ By Kimberly Kattari (Temple University Press, 2020) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.522

James Fletcher – “Finding Order through Disorder: Dementia as a Reflection of Social Organization” – Review of ‘Forgetting Items: The Social Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease’ By Baptiste Brossard (Indiana University Press, 2019).

Chris Land – “An Oasis of Beer in the Desert of the Real?” – Review of ‘Vegas Brews: Craft Beer and the Birth of a Local Scene’ by Borer, Michael Ian (NYU, 2019) – https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.512

Judson G. Everitt – “Emotions, Interactions, and Institutions in Preschool Teaching” – Review of ‘Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool: Talk, Interaction, and the Preschool Teacher Identity‘ by John C. Pruit https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.487

Philippe Sormani – “Reflexive Ethnography as “Data Science”? A Sociological Contribution to Praxeology” – Review of ‘Daten‐Karrieren und epistemische Materialität: Eine wissenschaftssoziologische Studie zur methodologischen Praxis der Ethnografie By Meier zu Verl, Christian ( J. B. Metzler Verlag, 2018) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.488

Noreen M. Sugrue – “Evolutionary Explanation Meets Social Reality” – Review of ‘Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society’ by Nicolas Christakis (Little Brown Spark, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.483

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New Article on Early View: “We Are the Women Our Parents Warned UsAgainst”: Identity Reconstruction and theRe-Imagining of Gender After High-CostReligious Disaffiliation” by Bethany Gull #sssi #sociology #identity #socialmedia cc @sociologylens

This paper examines the identity work of women undergoing high-cost religious disaffiliation by examining the exit experiences of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (LDS, Mormon). Previous research into religious change has not fully engaged with the extensive identity work that exiters do as they leave these groups.I propose a stage model of religious exit identity development to expand upon the process of identity transformation during and after high-cost religious exit. Additionally, I examine h ow the gender regimes of high-cost-religions result in different pathways out and experiences during disaffiliation for women and men. Though constructed to describe high-cost religious exits, this model may also be helpful in understanding other “high-cost” exits.

The article comes with a video abstract.

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https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.541
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New Article: “Distributed Perception: Co‐Operation between Sense‐Able, Actionable, and Accountable Semiotic Agents” by Brian Due #sssi #senses #sociology https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.538 cc @sociologylens

We have just published the final article to be part of the Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’. Brian Due’s article “”Distributed Perception: Co‐Operation between Sense‐Able, Actionable, and Accountable Semiotic Agents” uses a video‐ethnographic research conducted among visually impaired people, and an ethnomethodological, conversation‐analytical framework, to contribute findings about the most basic sensory characteristics of distributed perception: co‐operation between sense‐able, action‐able, accountable semiotic agents that can communicate multisensorial information in order to solve situated and emerging problems together.

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https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.538
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Introduction to Special Issue ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ by Will Gibson and Dirk vom Lehn (@dirkvl) published https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.539 #sssi #sociology #senses cc @sociologylens

In a few weeks, Symbolic Interaction will publish a Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’. We have just published [open access] the Introduction to the Special Issue that frames the issue and provides an over view of its content.

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Review of Beatriz Aldana Marquez’s book “From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy” by Marie Sarita Gaytán https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.542 #sssi #bookreview cc @sociologylens

“Numerous scholars have applied Thorstein Veblen’s (1857–1929) theories on modern economic life to the pursuit and display of social status. The vast majority of these studies focus on conventional academic topics in relation to the United States or Europe. This is somewhat ironic given his insistence that intellectuals break with conformity, consider alternative viewpoints, and ask bold questions. Veblen would be very pleased with Beatriz Aldana Marquez’s fascinating book, From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy, for diverging from this trend to cast new light on the micro and meso‐level dynamics of a beloved cultural practice.”

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https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.542
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Filip Vostal’s Review of “Time Work: Studies of Temporal Agency” edited by Flaherty, Michael G., Meinert, Lotte, and Dalsgård, Anne Line #sssi #sociology #time https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.543 cc @sociologylens

Over the past few decades, Michael Flaherty has become one of the key interactionist scholars concerned with the way in which time features in people’s lives. Together with Lotte Meinert and Anne Line Dalsgård Michael Flaherty has edited a book that explores a wide range of issues related to time in action and interaction and the experience of time. We have just published Filip Vostal’s review of this exciting new volume.

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