While the European SSSI Conference is still in progress at the University of Salford in the UK, a Virtual Issue of Symbolic Interaction has been announced. Edited by Emma Engdahl (University of Gothenburg) and Thaddeus Müller (Lancaster University) the Virtual Issue explores the European Contribution to Symbolic Interactionism. To start the Virtual Issue the editorial has just been published as “Editor’s Choice” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction.
In their editorial Engdahl and Müller provide an overview of the growing number of articles from European authors in the journal over the past decades and examine the spread of articles across different countries. They also make some suggestions for the reasons for these developments. In a later post on this blog I will link to the articles that Engdahl and Müller selected for the Virtual Issue.
In her book “In the Public Interest” Ruth Horowitz examines how medical licensing and disciplinary boards work in the USA. Based on participant observations as a member of two boards and fieldwork at two other boards Horowitz illuminates how doctors are dealt with whose practices have given the boards reason for concern. Ruth Macdonald reviewed Horowitz’s “wonderful book” and hopes for a wide readership as it is important also for the public to know about the important work of licensing and disciplinary boards that have recently been subject critical attention by the media.
There is a long standing interactionist concern with art and aesthetics. Save for the famous works by Howard Becker, such as “Art Worlds” and his studies of jazz music and musicians there also are a considerable number of articles in our journal that explore people’s accounts of their personal taste, such as Phillip Vannini’s “The Meanings of a Star“. The latter kinds of articles are related to the topic of aesthetics in everyday life that is the topic of the recent posts on the SSSI Music Blog and of Ruggerone and Jenking’s paper “Talking of Beauty” that has just been published on Early View of the Journal. Subscribers can access the article by clicking on the image below.
There is a considerable interest in symbolic interactionism and related sociological orientations in non-English speaking countries. To give a flavour of the work that is done in those countries I have commissioned a small number of reviews of books published in France, Germany and elsewhere. One of these reviews has just been published is Jakub Mlynar’s discussion Peter Auer’s book “Linguistic Interaction”. Peter Auer is professor of linguistics at the University of Freiburg in Germany. The book reviewed by Jakub Mlynar has been published originally in German and was recently translated into Czech. Mlynar uses his review to shed light on some current discussions in the Czech Republic. Subscribers can download the review by clicking on the image below.
Other reviews and articles out on Early view can be seen by clicking HERE.
There is a considerable interest in time and temporality in interactionism and sociology more widely. This is reflected for example by Michael Flaherty’ “Textures of Time“, reviewed in this journal by Michael Spivey. This body of research concerned with time has recently been extended by a volume edited by Anne Line Dalsgard, Martin Frederiksen, Susane Hojlund and Lotte Meinert titled “Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality: Time Objectified”. Daphne A. Demetry’s review of the book has just been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. Subscribers can download it by clicking the image below.
Eugene’s review of Robert Perinbanayagam’s book “Identity’s Moments: The Self in Action and Interaction” (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012, 206 pp.) has just been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction.