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The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) is an international professional organization of scholars interested in the study of a wide range of social issues with an emphasis on identity, everyday practice, and language.

New Book Review: Tim Hallett discusses Diane Vaughn’s book “Dead Reckoning” #sssi #bookreview #STS #sociology #interactionism @sociologylens @UChicagoPress https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.624

Over the past decades, interactionists have made important contributions tothe field of science and technology studies (STS). Diane Vaughn’s study “TheChallenger Launch Decision” (1996) has become a classic contributionin this regard. With her new book titled “DeadReckoning: Air Traffic Control, … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Arthur McLuhan discusses “Generally Speaking” by Eviatar Zerubavel #sssi #sociology #bookreview cc @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.622

We have just published Arthur McLuhan’s review of Eviatar Zerubavel’s book “Generally Speaking: An Invitation to Concept-Driven Sociology. In his review McLuhan states that “the reader encounters not only tips, tricks, and strategies for casing and comparing in the field, … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Michael J. Stitz discusses “In tersectional Automations: Robotics, AI, Algorithms, and Equity” by Nathan Rambukkana #sssi #sociology #technology #intersectionality @sociologylens

In his review of Nathan Rambukkana’s edited volume “Intersectional Automations: Robotics, AI, Algorithms, and Equity” Michale J. Stitz (University of Missouri) suggests that the book addresses many social problems stemming from contemporary technological processes (i.e., robotics, gaming, algorithmic advertising, etc.) … Continue reading

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New Article: “Group Styles of Justice or Service: How Ticket Inspectors Manage Contested Citizen Encounters” by Friis Camilla Bank https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.617 @sociologylens

We have just published Friis Camilla Bank’s article “Group Styles of Justice or Service: How Ticket Inspectors Manage Contested Citizen Encounters” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. SSSI Members can download the article by clicking the image below or HERE. To join … Continue reading

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New Article: Imko Meyenburg (@ImkoTjado) ““Brexit Means Brexit!”: Investigating the Production of Social Phenomena in Political Discourses” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.615 #sssi #naa

In the UK, we are still feeling the vibrations of the 2016 Brexit referendum, the referendum in which British voters decided for the country to leave the European Union. In his article “‘Brexit means Brexit!’: Investigating the Production of Social … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Robert Wade Kenny discusses “Jan Fuhse’s “Social Networks of Meaning and Communication” #sssi #networks https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.619 @sociologylens

Over the years, there has been considerable interest in networks and network analysis within Symbolic Interaction. Recently though, we have seen fewer interactionist studies concerned with this topic. In his review of Jan Fuhse’s book “Social Networks of Meaning and … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Philippe Sormani discusses “‘Harold Garfinkel: Studies of Work in the Sciences’ edited by Michael Lynch” #sssi #emca https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.618 @sociologylens

Over the past few years, a number of manuscripts from the Garfinkel Archive have been published, some edited by Anne Warfield Rawls who runs the archive and most recently a volume on Garfinkel’s analyses of the work of scientists. We … Continue reading

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New Book review: Marc Eaton discusses “Making Sense of the Paranormal: The Interactional Construction of Unexplained Experiences” by Rachael Ironside and Rob Wooffitt https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.614 #sssi #emca #ghosts #paranormal @sociologylens @DrIronside

There’s lot of interest in the paranormal and ghosts these days. For several years, Rachael Ironside and Robin Wooffitt have undertaken research into the work of people who conduct investigations into the paranormal. Their research uses ethnomethodology and conversation analytic … Continue reading

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New Article: “Instantiated Recoupling in Principals’ Enactment of Teacher Evaluations” by by C.P. Duncan and J.G. Everitt #sssi #education #inhabited #institutionalism #sociology @sociologylens http://doi.org/10.1002/symb.612

Inhabited Institutionalism has found particular resonance in studies of education. The approach demonstrate the contribution (symbolic) interactionism can make to the fields of management and organization studies (McGinty 2014, 2019, 2021, 2022). In their article titled “Instantiated Recoupling in Principals’ … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Don Weenink discusses Anne Nassauer’s book “Situational Breakdowns” #sssi #violence #interaction #ritual #sociology #video http://doi.org/1002.10/symb.613 @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 … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Jamie L. Mullaney discusses “The Cage of Days” by K.C. Carceral and Michael G. Flaherty #sssi #sociology #time @sociologylens @ei_schwartz http://doi.org/10.1002/symb.611

We have just published Jamie L. Mullaney’s review of K.C. Carceral and Michael G. Flaherty’s book “The Cage of Days. Time and Temporal Experience in Prison.” In their book “the authors bring attention to the specific experience of how prisoners … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Casey Scheibling (@cscheibling) on Steven M. Ortiz’s “The Sports Marriage” #sssi #sociology #sport @sociologylens http://doi.org/10.1002/symb.609

We have just published Casey Scheibling’s review of Steven M. Ortiz’s book “The Sports Marriage: Who makes it Work”. Scheibling suggests that “[A]s a platform for future scholars, The Sport Marriage opens up many new avenues to interrogate the interweaving … Continue reading

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New Article: “St. Clair Drake, the Chicago School, and the Emergence of a New Urban Black Perspective” by Roger Salerno https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.607 #sssi #race #sociology #ChicagoSchool @sociologylens

Symbolic Interaction has just published a new article St. Clair Drake, the Chicago School, and the Emergence of a New Urban Black Perspective” in which Roger Salerno discusses the particular ethnographic approach and studies of St. Clair Drake who was … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Gary Alan Fine (@garyalanfine) discusses Raúl Pérez’s (@RaulPerezSoc) book “The Souls of White Jokes: How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.608 #sssi #sociology #race #humor

On Early View of Symbolic Interaction, we have just published Gary Alan Fine’s review of Raúl Pérez’s book “The Souls of White Jokes: How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy”. Fine argues that “Pérez has written the most consequential sociological analysis … Continue reading

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Message by the President of SSSI (20 July 2022)

Dear SSSI Members, Greetings and I hope you are all enjoying the summer break. As a matter ofintroductions, I am Tony Puddephatt, the new president of the Society forthis year. I look forward to doing what I can for the … Continue reading

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New Article: “Put Your “Hand Emotes in the Air:” Twitch Concerts as Unsuccessful Large-Scale Interaction Rituals” by Femke Vandenberg (@femvandenberg) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.605 @sociologylens #sssi #sociology

We have just published Femke Vandenberg’s article “Put Your “Hand Emotes in the Air:” Twitch Concerts as Unsuccessful Large-Scale Interaction Rituals”. In her paper, Vandenberg explores “mediated concerts” disseminated via Twitch as a growing form of music consumption and investigates … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Lukas Szrot reviews Scott R. Harris’s book “How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.606 @sociologylens

In his review of Scott R, Harris’s book “How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences” Lukas Szrot argues that Harris “invites real participation in this collaborative framework, sketching the contours of a sort of “folk epistemology” for experiencing, describing, and … Continue reading

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New Article: “Erving Goffman on Misinformation and Information Control: The Conduct of Contemporary Russian Information Operations” by Martin Innes and Andrew Dawson https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.603 #sssi #sociology #goffman @sociologylens

There is currently plenty of debate about “fake news”, “propaganda”, “misinformation” and the likes. Martin Innes and Andrew Dawson put into dialogue a large corpus of social media data with Goffman’s concepts of “misinformation”. The article can be downloaded HERE. … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Ken Kolb (@kenhkolb) reviews the updated edition of “Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change” #sssi #sociology #race #policing https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.604 @sociologylens

We have just published Ken Kolb’s review of the Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith’s edited volume Earl “Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change“. Kolb argues that as “Hattery and Smith demonstrate in painstaking detail, … Continue reading

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New Article: “Politics of Crisis: Threatening and Defending Journalistic Expertise—A Processual Account” by Alexander Antony, Silke Steets, & Michaela Pfadenhauer https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.598 @sociologylens #sssi #media #sociology #journalism #politics #crisis

There is plenty of discussion about media in our journal. Save for David Altheide’s well-known research on news media and more recently Christopher Schneider’s discussion of social media and policing, a few years ago we published Valérie Bélair-Gagnon‘s article “Revisiting … Continue reading

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