Shyness and Interactionism #sssi #sociology #museums #shyness

On its website the BBC discusses Joe Moran’s latest book “Shrinking Violets” in which the cultural historian explores shyness in politics, literature and psychology. The discussion neatly dovetails with Susie Scott and colleague’s article “Goffman in the Gallery: Interactive Art and Visitor Shyness”, Symbolic Interaction Vol.36(4), 417-438. Scott together with her co-authors Tamsin Hinton-Smith, Vuokko Härmä and Karl Broome use Goffman’s dramaturgical perspective to explore the situational shyness that can be observed in interactive galleries. For access to the article click on the image below.


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A. Carlin & N.K. Jenkings editors of ‘Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis’ series #sssi #emca #sociology

For those interested in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis it might be of interest that Andrew Carlin and Neil K. Jenkings are the ‘new’ co-editors of ‘Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis’ series that used to be published by Ashgate and now is published by Routledge. In the past Symbolic Interaction has published reviews of books published in the series and we will continue to do so in the future.

Andrew Carlin who has been a co-editor of the series together with Dave Francis in the past, has just given an interview on the ‘mission’ for the series in the journal Research on Language and Social Interaction. To read the interview, please click HERE.

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Why not Join SSSI? #sociology #sssi

Why not join SSSI? Membership starts at $30 annually. That’s a bargain. You get access to our journal ‘Symbolic Interaction’ and become part of a network of the most friendly and helpful academic colleagues you can imagine. To join, please follow this link –

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Review of Nigel Dodd’s “The Social Life of Money

Although we are several decades into the development of the new economic sociology there still is relatively little sociological interest in “money”. Most authors refer to Georg Simmel’s “Philosophy of money” that despite having been written more than 100 years ago is still most relevant. As recent debates about Bitcoin and other alternative currencies have shown, money and its social uses have dramatically changed over the past few decades. Nigel Dodd has written an excellent book on The Social Life of Money that now has been reviewed in Symbolic Interaction by Tamara d’Auvergne. To access her review please click on the picture below.


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“Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility” book review by Waverly Duck

There is lots of interest in urban ethnography these days. In Symbolic Interaction, for example, Jacob Avery recently reviewed Alice Goffman’s “On the Run”. Whilst many of the urban ethnographies focus on US-American cities, in Europe and the UK urban ethnography also is growing field. Waverly Duck has reviewed Emma Jackson’s “Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility”, an ethnography of homeless youth in London. Dr Duck’s review of the book has now been published on Early View. To gt to the review, click on the image below.


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Books for Review #symbolicinteraction #sssi #sociology #emca

I have a few books left to send out for review. Please get in touch with me if you would like to review either of these books or have another book that you would like to review for Symbolic Interaction.

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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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