New Book Review: Don Weenink discusses Anne Nassauer’s book “Situational Breakdowns” #sssi #violence #interaction #ritual #sociology #video @sociologylens

In interactionism, there is considerable interest in violence and the use of video to study it. While many studies adopt an ethnomethodological perspective to study violence (cf. Watson and Meehan 2021) Anne Nassauer “applies a micro perspective to study bodily-emotional processes in large scale social phenomena” […] “to identify the causal pathways that lead up to collective interpersonal violence in normally peaceful protest marches.”, as Don Weenink writes in his review of her book “Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and Other Surprising Outcomes”. In his review, Weenink highlights that save for its innovative approach, the book “brings methodological and conceptual problems and tensions to the fore that require critical reflection if micro-oriented qualitative studies want to make progress in this domain of study”.

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Watson, Patrick G., and Albert J. Meehan. ‘Handling Video of [Police] Violence: Theoretical versus Practical Analyses’. In The Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism, edited by Dirk vom Lehn, Natalia Ruiz-Junco, and Will Gibson, 215–30. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2021.

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