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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 Article: “Goffman’s Interest in Spies and Espionage” by Gary D. Jaworski #sssi #sociology cc @sociologylens

In 2014, Symbolic Interaction published a Special Issue devoted to Erving Goffman. In that issue we published articles that explored Goffman’s life and intellectual work, in particular as it relates to mental health and emotions. Relating to that Special Issue … Continue reading

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“Strange Days” (July 28 to 31) – Call for Participation #sssi #sociology #events

 “Strange Days Indeed: Crisis, Change and Connection” July 28-July 31 In an effort to create spaces for crucial conversations, camaraderie and intellectual exchange during this challenging time, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction invites participants to a multi-day … Continue reading

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New Article: “Reframing ‘Dirty Work’: The Case of Homeless Shelter Workers” by Julian Torelli and Anthony Puddephatt #sssi #sociology cc @sociologylens

There is a long-standing tradition in symbolic interactionism to investigate the work with vulnerable people. Recently (Vol.42(4)), for example, we published Carley Geiss’s paper “Connecting Practical Doings to Cultural Meanings: Exploring the Work of Moral Mediators in Human Service Organizations” … Continue reading

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Review of Jean Peneff’s book “Howard Becker: Sociology and Music in the Chicago School” #sssi #sociology https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.496 cc @sociologylens

The history of this journal “Symbolic Interaction” is closely intertwined with Howard Becker, not only because he was our inaugurating editor in 1977. Lot’s has been written by Howard Becker over the decades, including his books “Evidence” reviewed by Dagmar … Continue reading

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Hans Bakker’s review of ‘The Social Life of Nothing’ by Susie Scott #sssi #sociology – https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.489

I guess if Susie Scott would write her book “The Social Life of Nothing. Silence, Invisibility and Emptiness in Tales of Lost Experience” now in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis while we all ponder and share tales of lost experiences … Continue reading

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Edmonds and Greiffenhagen “Configuring Prospective Sensations: Experimenters Preparing Participants for What They Might Feel” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.485 #sssi #emca #sociology #sensations #psychologicalexperiments cc @sociologylens

In their paper “Configuring Prospective Sensations: Experimenters Preparing Participants for ‘What They Might Feel’” David M. Edmonds and Christian Greiffenhagen investigate how in cognitive neuroscience experimenters describe and demonstrate prospective sensations for participants. In their study they show that experimenters often … Continue reading

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“Some Discovered Practices of Lay Coffee Drinkers” by Giolo Fele and Ken Liberman on Early View https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.486 cc @sociologylens

Another paper that will be included in the Special Issue on “The Senses in Social Interaction” is “Some Discovered Practices of Lay Coffee Drinkers” by Giolo Fele and Ken Liberman. As ethnomethodologists they reveal the systematic practices through which lay … Continue reading

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“‘Sensory Ordering’ in Nurses’ Clinical Decision‐Making” by Grosjean, Matte, and Nahon‐Serfaty #sssi #sociology #senses https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.490PDF cc @sociologylens

As part of the forthcoming Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ we have just published Sylvie Grosjean, Frederick Matter and Isaac Nahon-Serfaty’s article ““Sensory Ordering” in Nurses’ Clinical Decision‐Making: Making Visible Senses, Sensing, and “Sensory Work” in the … Continue reading

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Philippe Sormani’s review of “Daten-Karrieren und epistemische Materialitaet”#sssi #sociology #ethnomethodology #emca https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.488 cc @sociologylens

From time to time, we have books reviewed in Symbolic Interaction that have not been published in English. One such book is Christian Meier zu Verl’s “Daten-Karrieren und epistemische Materialität: Eine wissenschaftssoziologische Studie zur methodologischen Praxis der Ethnografie” [Data Careers … Continue reading

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‘Sociology and Pandemics’ video by Professor Robert Dingwall (@rwjdingwall) #sssi #sociology #pandemics #video

Professor Robert Dingwall, the previous editor of Symbolic Interaction, is a sociologist with expertise on pandemics and a member of the British advisory group NERVTAG, “The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group”. Professor Dingwall has just published a … Continue reading

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Judson Everitt’s (@everjudson) review of “Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool Teaching” by John Pruit https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.487 #sssi

We have just published Judson Everitt’s review “Emotions, Interactions, and Institutions in Preschool Teaching” of John Pruit’s book “Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool” on Eary View of Symbolic Interaction. Everitt argues that Pruit’s book makes an important contribution … Continue reading

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Brad Ictech “Smartphones and Face-to-Face Interaction” #sssi #technology #sociology https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.406 cc @BradIctech

In his article “Smartphones and Face-to-Face Interaction: Digital Cross-Talk during Encounters in Everyday Life’ published in our journal’s 2019 Thematic Issue on ‘Technology, the Internet, and Social Media’ (Vol.42(1)) Brad Ictech explores the impact smartphone use has on face-to-face encounters. … Continue reading

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New Article by Celeste Vaughan Curington ““We’re the Show at the Circus”: Racially Dissecting the Multiracial Body” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.484 #sssi @SociologyLens

In her paper “”“We’re the Show at the Circus”: Racially Dissecting the Multiracial Body” Celeste Vaughan Curington explores how the meaning and consequence of multiraciality are formed within a racialized interaction order. SSSI Members can download the article by clicking … Continue reading

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Table of Contents – Symbolic Interaction Vol. 43, No. 2 #sssi #sociology cc @sociologylens

Symbolic Interaction   Vol. 43, No. 2   Articles Foreclosing Fluidity at the Intersection of Gender and Sexual Normativities   E. Sumerau, Lain A. B. Mathers and Dawne Moon Pages: 205-234 Abstract Full text PDF Emotions into Disorder: Anxiety Disorders and … Continue reading

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Review of Nicholas A. Christakis ‘Blueprint’ by Noreen Sugrue #sssi #bookreviews #sociology https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.483

Symbolic Interaction has just published Noreen M. Sugrue’s review of Nicholas A.  Christakis’ book “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society”. In her review, pointedly titled “Evolutionary Explanation Meets Social Reality” Dr Sugrue criticizes Christakis’ argument “that everything from … Continue reading

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New Article: Danielle Pillet-Shore “Make the Sensorial Social” #sssi #senses #sociology https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.481

After the publication of Lorenza Mondada’s article “Orchestrating Multi‐sensoriality in Tasting Sessions: Sensing Bodies, Normativity, and Language” published in January, we now have published a second article that will be included in a Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social … Continue reading

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New Article: “They Told Me My Name: Developing a Deaf Identity” by Laura Mauldin and Tara Fannon #sssi #sociology #deaf #identity

In their article “The told me my name: developing a deaf identity” Laura Mauldin and Tara Fannon analyze qualitative data collected through narrative interviews with five Deaf, gay and lesbian individuals with different racial backgrounds and find that deaf people’s … Continue reading

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Review of Donileen R. Loseke’s “Narrative Production of Meanings” by Christian Vaccaro #sssi #sociology #narrative

We have just published Christian Vaccaro’s (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) review of Donileen R. Loseke’s book entitled “Narrative Production of Meanings: Exploring the Work of Stories in Social Life”. SSSI Members can download the review by clicking the image below … Continue reading

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New Review: James Fletcher reviews Baptiste Brossard’s book “Forgetting Items” #sssi #sociology #alzheimers #dementia #health #illness

In a recent article in Symbolic Interaction James Fletcher explored impression management in couples living with dementia. In his paper Fletcher argued that “[s]ymbolic interactionism has unique potential to inform understandings of dementia, because the advent of progressive cognitive impairment in older people typically … Continue reading

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New Book Review out: Michael Dellwing on “Updating Charles Horton Cooley” edited by N. Ruiz-Junco and B. Brossard #sssi #Cooley #sociology

Charles Horton Cooley is one of the key figures within sociology and symbolic interactionism. Yet, despite the importance of Cooley’s work a (re-)appreciation of his work and its relevant to current debate has been long overdue. Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Baptiste … Continue reading

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