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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Review of Harold Garfinkel’s ‘The History of Gulfport Field 1942’ by Neil Jenkings #EMCA #SSSI https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.536 @sociologylens

Over the past years, the work in the archive of Harold Garfinkel’s material has gathered pace and led to a number of publications, such as “Harold Garfinkel: Parsons’ Primer” edited by Anne W. Rawls, and more recently of a book entitled “The History of Gulfport Field 1942” that stems from a time when Garfinkel had joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Gulfport Field Aircraft Mechanics School. During the time Garfinkel produced a document that became part of a large report by the Historic Section of the Gulfport Field. Based on their work in the Garfinkel Archive in Boston Mike Lynch (Cornell University) and Anne Rawls (Bentley University) produced a wonderful edition of Garfinkel’s manuscript that now is available the University of Siegen.

Harold Garfinkel: The History of Gulfport Field 1942

Neil Jenkings has reviewed the book for Symbolic Interaction. In his review, Jenkings describes the materiality of this book as well as its standing in relationship to Garfinkel’s later development of Ethnomethodology.

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New Article: ““Only Going to Get Worse”: Narrative Magnifications and Emotion Work among Rural Frontline Responders in the Opioid Epidemic” by Christian Vaccaro and team https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.534 cc @sociologylens #sssi

The study of narrative sociology can be used to understand how rural first responders magnify aspects of their collective stories about the opioid crisis to deflect emotional frustrations they experience. Based on 31 interviews with frontline responders in four rural counties in Appalachia, we find that responders portray themselves as capable protagonists up against hamstringing policies, opioid using clients as “their worst,” and their management of crises as a Sisyphean task. In constructing stories in this way, rural frontline responders temper frustration, and consequently sympathy, that contributes to a unique logic of care and control. This storytelling protects responders against traumas from their efforts, yet likely impedes trusting relationships with clients.

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New Article: J.L. Johnson ““Meet Them Where They Are”: Attentional Processes in Social Movement Listening” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.535 #sssi #sociology #socialmovements @sociologylens

We have just published J. L. Johnson’s article “”‘Meet Them Where They Are’: Attentional Processes in Social Movement Listening”. Johnson draws on Goffman’s Frame Analysis an Zerubavel’s sociology of attention to examine social movement communication as attempts to change hearts and minds by changing definitions of social problems.

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New Article: “Repetition Acknowledgment Prefaces” by David R. Gibson https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.531 #sssi #emca #Goffman @sociologylens

We have just published David R. Gibson’s article “Repetition Acknowledgment Prefaces” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In his article, Gibson examines the production of utterances like “I was just telling John” prior to the repetition of a story or topic in conversation. He calls these utterances “repetition acknowledgment prefaces”. For his paper he draws on Goffman’s work and his inspection of carefully documented empirical episodes.

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New book review: Jonas Bååth on ‘Taking the Floor’ by Daniel Beunza (@danielbeunza) #economicsociology #sssi #management @sociologylens @cassbusiness https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.532

In his review entitled “Why Economic Management Models Do Not Foster Morals” Jonas Bååth discusses Daniel Beunza’s recent publication of “Taking the Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room” an ethnography of interaction in trading rooms on Wall Street. Beunza pursues the question “what are the effects of economic models on morality in financial organizations?” that Bååth nicely picks up on in his critical review of the book. Bååth also reflects on the relevance of the book to recent concerns in economic sociology, in particular related to “the dynamics of the performativity of economic knowledge and the social and moral orders embedding markets, including but not limited to financial ones”, concerns that have been of long-standing interest to interactionists.

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New Article: “Enacting Gustatory Pleasure on Behalf of Another: The Multimodal Coordination of Infant Tasting Practices” by Sally Wiggins and Leelo Keevallik #sssi #emca #senses https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.527 @sociologylens

Taste is often considered to be subjective. In their detailed analysis of child-carer interaction Sally Wiggins and Leelo Keevallik demonstrate how people enact “gustatory pleasure on behalf of anther”. Their article entitled “Enacting Gustatory Pleasure on Behalf of Another: The Multimodal Coordination of Infant Tasting Practices” that has just been published will be published as part of a Special Issue on “The Senses in Social Interaction“.

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New Review: Celeste Vaughan Curington on ‘Tacit Racism’ by Anne W. Rawls and Waverly Duck #sssi #emca https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.530 @sociologylens

In her review of Anne W. Rawls and Waverly Duck’s ‘Tacit Racism’ Celeste Vaughn Curington describes the book as “an interesting and thought‐provoking read.” And she suggested that “[a]s a text to introduce students to the array of interactional dynamics of white supremacy, and the ways that Whites from various backgrounds are complicit in these practices, it is a success.”

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New Article: “Sensing the Bike: Creating a Collaborative Understanding of a Multi‐Sensorial Experience in MotoGP Racing” by Francesca Astrid Salvadori and Giampietro Gobo https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.529 #sssi #emca #senses #interaction #video #ethnomethodology cc @sociologylens

Symbolic Interaction has just published another paper that will contribute to the Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction‘. In “Sensing the Bike: Creating a Collaborative Unerstanding of a Multi-Sensorial Experience in MotoGP Racing” Francesca Astrid Salvadori and Giampietro Gobo examine video-recordings of the interaction between motorcycle racing drivers and their managers in which the drivers provide accounts of how they experience their bike’s performance. The authors reveal how the manager and the driver collaborate, through everyday gestures and language, to create a shared understanding of the bike’s mechanical issues and disambiguate the driver’s accounts of the bike’s performance. 

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New Article: “Performance of Agency in Real‐Life Encounters: Turning Unequal Power and Structural Constraint into Collaboration” by Nanna Mik‐Meyer (@mikmeyer) and Mark Haugaard #sssi #structure #power @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.528

We have just published Nanna Mik-Meyer’s and Mark Haugaard’s article “Performance of Agency in Real‐Life Encounters: Turning Unequal Power and Structural Constraint into Collaboration” on Early View of Symbolic interaction. Through their analysis of video-recorded placement meetings in homeless shelters the authors found that participants’ agency is the outcome of both collaboration and resistance. To avoid interaction that fails to empower, social actors engage in “repair work” and face‐saving practices

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