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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 on Editor’s Invitation: Matthew W. Hughey “How Blackness Matters in White Lives” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.552 #sssi #BLM #race #racialization @sociologylens

From time to time, the editor of Symbolic Interaction invites scholars with expertise in particular areas to write subject-specific articles. One of these invited pieces has just been published on Early View. In his article, Matthew W. Hughey notes that … Continue reading

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New Article: “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational Emotions in Legal Adjudication” by Stina Bergman Blix https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.549 #sssi #law @sociologylens

In her article ” “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational Emotions in Legal Adjudication” Sina Berbman Blix analyzes rational decision‐making in court as an emotive‐cognitive process formed in and through social interaction. Bergman Blix draws on current theoretical discussions that have … Continue reading

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New Article: ““Man Looks at the Outward Appearance, God Looks at the Heart”: Inclusion and Identity in a High Boundary Religion” by Jonathan Walker and Scott T. Fitzgerald https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.548 #sssi #religion @sociologylens

We have just published Jonathan Walker and Scott T. Fitzgerald’s article ““Man Looks at the Outward Appearance, God Looks at the Heart”: Inclusion and Identity in a High Boundary Religion” in which the authors “bring together literatures on identity and … Continue reading

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Anthony James Williams’ review of Hannem and colleagues’ edited volume “Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice: Critical Perspectives” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.550 #sssi #policing #technology @sociologylens

We have just published Anthony James Williams’ review of “Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice: Critical Perspectives” edited by Stacey Hannem, Carrie Sanders, Christopher J. Schneider, Aaron Doyle, and Tony Christensen. Williams describes the book as “a great introductory … Continue reading

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Review of Waskul & Vannini’s Body/Embodiment #sssi #sociology #body

The recently published Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction‘ has highlighted again the importance of the body for theory and research in Symbolic Interactionism. Over the past decades a large number of articles have been concerned with the … Continue reading

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New Special Issue out ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ edited by Will Gibson (@willjimgibson) and Dirk vom Lehn (@dirkvl) #sssi #emca #interaction https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15338665/2021/44/1 cc @sociologylens

Symbolic Interaction (@sijournal) has just published our Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ (Vol.44(1)). The Table of Contents is below. Will Gibson and Dirk vom Lehn – Introduction: The Senses in Social Interaction [Open Access] https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.539 Danielle Pillet-Shore – “When … Continue reading

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New Article on Early View: “We Are the Women Our Parents Warned UsAgainst”: Identity Reconstruction and theRe-Imagining of Gender After High-CostReligious Disaffiliation” by Bethany Gull #sssi #sociology #identity #socialmedia cc @sociologylens

This paper examines the identity work of women undergoing high-cost religious disaffiliation by examining the exit experiences of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (LDS, Mormon). Previous research into religious change has not fully engaged with … Continue reading

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New Article: “Distributed Perception: Co‐Operation between Sense‐Able, Actionable, and Accountable Semiotic Agents” by Brian Due #sssi #senses #sociology https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.538 cc @sociologylens

We have just published the final article to be part of the Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’. Brian Due’s article “”Distributed Perception: Co‐Operation between Sense‐Able, Actionable, and Accountable Semiotic Agents” uses a video‐ethnographic research conducted among visually … Continue reading

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Introduction to Special Issue ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’ by Will Gibson and Dirk vom Lehn (@dirkvl) published https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.539 #sssi #sociology #senses cc @sociologylens

In a few weeks, Symbolic Interaction will publish a Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction’. We have just published [open access] the Introduction to the Special Issue that frames the issue and provides an over view of its … Continue reading

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Review of Beatriz Aldana Marquez’s book “From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy” by Marie Sarita Gaytán https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.542 #sssi #bookreview cc @sociologylens

“Numerous scholars have applied Thorstein Veblen’s (1857–1929) theories on modern economic life to the pursuit and display of social status. The vast majority of these studies focus on conventional academic topics in relation to the United States or Europe. This … Continue reading

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Filip Vostal’s Review of “Time Work: Studies of Temporal Agency” edited by Flaherty, Michael G., Meinert, Lotte, and Dalsgård, Anne Line #sssi #sociology #time https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.543 cc @sociologylens

Over the past few decades, Michael Flaherty has become one of the key interactionist scholars concerned with the way in which time features in people’s lives. Together with Lotte Meinert and Anne Line Dalsgård Michael Flaherty has edited a book … Continue reading

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Review of Harold Garfinkel’s ‘The History of Gulfport Field 1942’ by Neil Jenkings #EMCA #SSSI https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.536 @sociologylens

Over the past years, the work in the archive of Harold Garfinkel’s material has gathered pace and led to a number of publications, such as “Harold Garfinkel: Parsons’ Primer” edited by Anne W. Rawls, and more recently of a book … Continue reading

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New Article: ““Only Going to Get Worse”: Narrative Magnifications and Emotion Work among Rural Frontline Responders in the Opioid Epidemic” by Christian Vaccaro and team https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.534 cc @sociologylens #sssi

The study of narrative sociology can be used to understand how rural first responders magnify aspects of their collective stories about the opioid crisis to deflect emotional frustrations they experience. Based on 31 interviews with frontline responders in four rural … Continue reading

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New Article: J.L. Johnson ““Meet Them Where They Are”: Attentional Processes in Social Movement Listening” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.535 #sssi #sociology #socialmovements @sociologylens

We have just published J. L. Johnson’s article “”‘Meet Them Where They Are’: Attentional Processes in Social Movement Listening”. Johnson draws on Goffman’s Frame Analysis an Zerubavel’s sociology of attention to examine social movement communication as attempts to change hearts … Continue reading

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New Article: “Repetition Acknowledgment Prefaces” by David R. Gibson https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.531 #sssi #emca #Goffman @sociologylens

We have just published David R. Gibson’s article “Repetition Acknowledgment Prefaces” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In his article, Gibson examines the production of utterances like “I was just telling John” prior to the repetition of a story or … Continue reading

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New book review: Jonas Bååth on ‘Taking the Floor’ by Daniel Beunza (@danielbeunza) #economicsociology #sssi #management @sociologylens @cassbusiness https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.532

In his review entitled “Why Economic Management Models Do Not Foster Morals” Jonas Bååth discusses Daniel Beunza’s recent publication of “Taking the Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room” an ethnography of interaction in trading rooms … Continue reading

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New Article: “Enacting Gustatory Pleasure on Behalf of Another: The Multimodal Coordination of Infant Tasting Practices” by Sally Wiggins and Leelo Keevallik #sssi #emca #senses https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.527 @sociologylens

Taste is often considered to be subjective. In their detailed analysis of child-carer interaction Sally Wiggins and Leelo Keevallik demonstrate how people enact “gustatory pleasure on behalf of anther”. Their article entitled “Enacting Gustatory Pleasure on Behalf of Another: The … Continue reading

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New Review: Celeste Vaughan Curington on ‘Tacit Racism’ by Anne W. Rawls and Waverly Duck #sssi #emca https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.530 @sociologylens

In her review of Anne W. Rawls and Waverly Duck’s ‘Tacit Racism’ Celeste Vaughn Curington describes the book as “an interesting and thought‐provoking read.” And she suggested that “[a]s a text to introduce students to the array of interactional dynamics … Continue reading

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New Article: “Sensing the Bike: Creating a Collaborative Understanding of a Multi‐Sensorial Experience in MotoGP Racing” by Francesca Astrid Salvadori and Giampietro Gobo https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.529 #sssi #emca #senses #interaction #video #ethnomethodology cc @sociologylens

Symbolic Interaction has just published another paper that will contribute to the Special Issue on ‘The Senses in Social Interaction‘. In “Sensing the Bike: Creating a Collaborative Unerstanding of a Multi-Sensorial Experience in MotoGP Racing” Francesca Astrid Salvadori and Giampietro … Continue reading

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New Article: “Performance of Agency in Real‐Life Encounters: Turning Unequal Power and Structural Constraint into Collaboration” by Nanna Mik‐Meyer (@mikmeyer) and Mark Haugaard #sssi #structure #power @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.528

We have just published Nanna Mik-Meyer’s and Mark Haugaard’s article “Performance of Agency in Real‐Life Encounters: Turning Unequal Power and Structural Constraint into Collaboration” on Early View of Symbolic interaction. Through their analysis of video-recorded placement meetings in homeless shelters … Continue reading

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