Review of A. Waterston’s “My Father’s War” #sssi #sociology

With Alisse Waterston‘s “My Father’s War: Migration, Memory ,and the Violence of a Century” we review another book from the Innovative Ethnographies Series that is edited by Phillip Vannini. The review written by Kaya Hamer-Small highlights the important contribution Waterston’s book makes to current debates about migration and observes that the book also provides a methodological innovation in the writing of biographies. To access the review please click on the image below.


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A few books left to review #sssi #sociology #bookreview

I have a few books left to review. If you are interested in reviewing any of the books below, please get in touch with me at

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New article on Early View on the work of North American Jurors by D.R. Gibson

David R. Gibson’s article “The Habits of Normal, Innocent People, as Construed by the North American Juror” was just published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. 


Deliberating juries draw on commonsense notions of what counts as “normal” behavior in distinguishing facts which are inculpatory from those that lend themselves to more innocent interpretation. Though this is a commonplace observation, prior research has shed little light on the underlying model(s) of normalcy. Taking a generative approach to inculpatory statements made by two real-life juries deliberating the same case, I first enumerate the distinct assertions made, by implication, about normal, innocent people (NIPs), and then reduce these to a smaller number of rules revolving around the general themes of rationality, emotions, language, and relationships.

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More books for Review #sssi #sociology

Here is a second bunch of books that some of you might be interested in reviewing. Please drop me an email if you are interested in reviewing any of these.

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New on Early View: “Collaborative Music-Making with Digital Audio Workstations”

A new article on Early View titled “Collaborative Music-Making with Digital Audio Workstations” has been published this week. The article written by Phillip Booker and Wes Sharrock “examines amateur music-making using a digital audio workstation, showing how audio and software are used as resources for creating compositions. The article has two aims. Firstly, to depict how digital music-making is formed from routine interactional techniques. Secondly, to probe how researchers might account for such multi-modal activity through a heuristic device: the “nth member.” Whereas sociology has typically been concerned with the cultural facets of how music is made and consumed, we explore the material practices of collaborative song creation utilizing conversation analytic techniques—“turn-taking” and “next-selection”—to capture two key interactional moments.” (Abstract. 

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Books for Review

I have received a number of books for review. Please see a small selection below. If you are interested in reviewing a book please contact me at

Laurel Richardson’s and Julie White’s books could be reviewed in one review.


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New Article: Accountability as an Inhabited Institution” by Tim Hallett & Emily Meanwell #sssi #sociology

Accountability as an Inhabited Institution: Contested Meanings and the Symbolic Politics of Reform


This paper examines the failed attempt to reauthorize the American educational law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2007. Drawing on existing research on cultural processes of policymaking and insights from inhabited institutionalism, we analyze data from 20 congressional hearings, viewing them as social interactions. We find that hearing participants identified problems with strict accountability policies and, in interpreting those problems, introduced alternative meanings, including “NCLB means children left behind.” Our approach stresses the symbolic politics of reform at the meso level of interaction and makes the case for a cultural analysis of policymaking that synthesizes both interactionism and institutionalism.

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