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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: “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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New Article: “Birthing a Secret Creative Self in Suppressive Organizations” by Shirly Bar-Lev and Michal Morag https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.596 #sssi #sociology #organization #identity @sociologylens

Shirly Bar-Lev and Michal Morag have just published an excellent research paper on Early View of Symbolic Interaction that explores “how cult members create both physical and mental backspace to allow the birth of a secret creative self within the … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Jennifer L. Nelson (@jlnelso) discusses Ken Kolb’s (@kenHkolb) “Retail Inequality” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.597 @sociologylens

Ken Kolb is well known to readers of this journal and members of the SSSI for his research on inequality. In her review of Kolb’s latest book “Retail Inequality. Reframing the Food Desert Debate“, Jennifer L. Nelson highlights the rigorous … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Marci Cottingham discusses “Judging and Emotion: A Socio-Legal Analysis” by  Sharyn Roach Anleu and  Kathy Mack https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.595 #sssi #law #socio-legal #sociology @sociologylens

We have just published Marci Cottingham’s review of Judging and Emotion: A Socio-Legal Analysis” by  Sharyn Roach Anleu and  Kathy Mack. This review adds to recent reviews of books in the area of socio-legal studies. Flower, Lisa. ‘Demeanor, Time Management, and the Everyday Performances … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Yao Wang and Pei Huang discuss Sigrid Norris’s “Multimodal Theory and Methodology” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.594 #sssi #multimodality #methods #bookreview @sociologylens

Save for the strong interest in ‘multimodality’ in ethnomethodological and conversation analytic research (#EMCA), scholars in linguistics and semiotics have developed a notably different concept of ‘multimodality’. Yao Wang and Pei Huang have reviewed Sigrid Norris’s introductory text on this … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Giovanna Follo discusses Ken Plummer’s book “Critical Humanism” @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.593 #sssi #sociology #humanism

In her review of Ken Plummer’s book “Critical Humanism: A Manifesto for the 21st Century” Giovanna Fallo writes that “[T]he Manifesto identifies the areas of critical examination and thought that could create global humanity that is not based on a … Continue reading

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New Article: ““I Say I Work at the University”: Norwegian Professors and Passing as Interaction Ritual” by Anders Vassenden and Ingrid Rusnes #SSSI #…

Using qualitative interviews, Vassenden and Rusnes examine Norwegian professors’ everyday self-presentation and leave their occupation undisclosed … New Article: ““I Say I Work at the University”: Norwegian Professors and Passing as Interaction Ritual” by Anders Vassenden and Ingrid Rusnes #SSSI … Continue reading

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New Book Review: David Nock discusses Neil McLaughlin’s “Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.592 #sssi #publicsociology #sociology

There is renewed interest in the Frankfurt School as well as a growing interest in public sociology and the impact of sociological research on policy and practice. Save for a Routledge companion to the Frankfurt School there are historic accounts … Continue reading

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New Review Essay: Krzysztof T. Konecki discusses “Just like Family” by Andrea Laurent-Simpson (@laurent_simpson) and “The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals” by Katja M. Guenther (@animalabolition) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.590 @sociologlens #animals #society #sssi #sociology

There is currently plenty of discussion about animals in society. With a short series of book reviews discussing recently published book concerned with the treatment of animals in the human-world, Symbolic Interaction makes a small contribution to this debate. We … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Andrea Laurent-Simpson discusses Leslie Irvine’s book “Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters” #sssi #sociology #animals #society #disaster https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.591 @sociologylens @laurent_simpson @jessicajaustin

In sociology and a range of other social sciences as well as in robotics, there has been a growing interest in people’s behavior toward and treatment of animals. Leslie Irvine is one of the pioneers in sociology and interactionism concerned … Continue reading

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New Article: ““Being Mean” and “Spazzing Out:” Social Calibration and Gender in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.584 by Brigid E.K. Burke #sociology #sport #sssi #gender #jiujitsu @sociologylens

We have just published Brigid E.K. Burke’s article “‘Being Mean’ and ‘Spazzing Out:’ Social Calibration and Gender in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. The author’s excellent Video Abstract discusses the content of the article. SSSI … Continue reading

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New Article: “Inequality, Rules of Irrelevance, and Recognition in Broken Friendships” by Laura Eramian and Peter Mallory #SSSI #Inequality #Friendship @Sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.589

Based on interviews in an Atlantic Canadian city, Eramian and Mallory investigate how and when the world of inequality comes to matter in friendship. They study failed and difficult friendships through attention to the relationship between (in)equality, recognition, and “rules of … Continue reading

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Bernadette Barton’s Review of Deshotels & Forsyth’s “Gendered Power Dynamics and Exotic Dance: A Multilevel Analysis” published on early view #sssi #sociology #gender #power https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.587 @sociologylens

We have just published Bernadette Barton’s review of Tina H. Deshotels and Craig J. Forsyth’s “Gendered Power Dynamics and Exotic Dance: A Multilevel Analysis” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. SSSI Members can download the review by clicking HERE. To join SSSI … Continue reading

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