Category Archives: Book Review

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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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 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 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: 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 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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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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New Book Review: Michael Dellwing on William Housley’s “Society in the Digital Age. An Interactionist Perspective” #sssi #sociology #digital @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.585

We have just published Michael Dellwing’s review of Will Housley’s book “Society in the Digital Age. An Interactionist Perspective”. SSSI Members can download the review by clicking HERE. To join SSSI and subscribe to Symbolic Interaction from $35 (£30) please click HERE.

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New Book Review: Gordon C. Chang on “Studies on the Social Construction of Identity and Authenticity” edited by J. Patrick Williams & Kaylan C. Schwarz https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.581 #sssi #identity #authenticity #sociology #marketing @sociologylens

We have just published Jason Rodriquez review of Tania M. Jenkins’ book “Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession”. Members of SSSI can download the review HERE or by clicking the image below.

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New book review: Jason Rodriquez reviews Tania M. Jenkins @taniamjenkins “Doctors’ Orders” #sssi #sociology #health https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.580 cc @sociologylens

We have just published Jason Rodriquez review of Tania M. Jenkins’ book “Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession”. Members of SSSI can download the review HERE or by clicking the image below.

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Review of Jean-Michel Chapoulie’s “Chicago Sociology” by Jean-François Côté https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.565 #sssi #Chicago #history #sociology @sociologylens

In his excellent review of Jean-Michel Chapoulie’s book “Chicago Sociology” Jean-François Côté elaborates on the contribution the book makes to the history of sociology and the history of interactionism. SSSI Members can download the review by clicking the image below … Continue reading

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Review of Wayne Brekhus’ book “The Sociology of Identity” by John C. Pruit (@johncpruit) #sssi #sociology #identity https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.567 @sociologylens

We have just published John C. Pruit’s review of “The Sociology of Identity: Authenticity, Multidimensionality, and Mobility” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. Pruit writes “The Sociology of Identity opens new possibilities for how we go about answering the fundamental … Continue reading

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New Review Essay: “Moving Beyond Underdog Sociology and Toward Critical Interactionism” by Christopher T. Conner https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.561 #sssi #elite @sociologylens

Interactionist scholars have recently shown an increasing interest in studying the elites, thus moving away from research that, for too long maybe, has emphasised the lives of those with less power. In 2018, Scott Grill’s reviewed Brooke Harrington’s book “Capital … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Nahoko Kameo on Janet Vertesi’s “Shaping Science: Organizations, Decisions, and Culture on NASA Teams” #sssi #emca #sciencestudies https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.562 @sociologylens @cyberlyra

We have just published Nahoko Kameo’s excellent review of Janet Vertesi’s book “Shaping Science: Organizations, Decisions, and Culture on NASA Teams”. In her book, Janet Vertesi “tells the story of how this unruly combination of grand-scale missions to know more … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Neil McLaughlin on “The Hinge” by Gary Alan Fine https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.560 #sssi #sociology #tinypublics @sociologlens

We have just published Neil MLaughlin’s review of Gary Alan Fine’s book “The Hinge: Civil Society, Group Culture, and the Power of Local Commitments. McLaughlin argues that with this book Fine “ventures into the core of political sociology, social movements … 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 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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Book Review: Jessica Robles on “Touch in Social Interaction: Touch, Language, and Body” edited by Asta Cekaite and Lorenza Mondada #sssi #senses #emca cc @sociologylens https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/symb.524

In her review of the volume “Touch in Social Interaction: Touch, Language, and Body” edited by Asta Cekaite and Lorenza Mondada Jessica S. Robles writes that “[D]rawing on ethnomethodological conversation analysis, the following 12 chapters feature original research by outstanding … Continue reading

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