There is considerable interest within our community in the history of SSSI and its key publications. One book that is central to interactionism and interactionist research and that probably is read by most students of sociology is Howard S. Becker‘s “Outsiders“. The book that has been sold more than 100000 copies contains articles that generally are seen as the axis for studies on deviance and what often is called “labelling theory”.
In his article “Chicago, Jazz and Marijuana: Howard Becker on Outsiders” Thaddaeus Müller traces the background to Howard Becker’s studies and the emergence of the research that is the basis for this book.
Related to this paper, readers might be interested in Tom DeGloma’s interview with Clinton Sanders on “Working with Howard Becker” published on on YouTube Channel, and the related article by Clint in Symbolic Interaction.
Another related article in Symbolic Interaction is Jack Katz’s “Jazz in Social Interaction: Personal Creativity, Collective Constraint, and Motivational Explanation in the Social Thought of Howard S. Becker” (1994, Vol.17(3): 253-379).