Category Archives: Book Review

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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Book Review: David M. Merolla on “Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra‐Orthodox Judaism” by Schneur Zalman Newfield #sssi #religion cc @sociologylens

In his review of Schneur Zalman Newfield’s “Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra‐Orthodox Judaism” David M. Merolla discusses how Newfield as an “exiter” explores “How do individuals who grow up in unconventional, insular religious groups re‐create their lives … Continue reading

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Review Essay: Robert Wade Kenny on “Charisma” by Randall Collins #sssi #SocialTheory https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.526 @sociologylens

Robert Wade Kenny has written a splendid essay about Randall Collins’ recent book “Charisma”, a book that in Kenny’s words “is a 700‐page volume masquerading as a 100‐page monograph”. SSSI Members can download the review essay by clicking the image … Continue reading

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Chris Land’s Review of Michael Ian Borer’s ‘Vegas Brews’ #sssi #taste #senses cc @sociologylens https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.512

To wet your appetite for the forthcoming Special Issue we have just published Chris Land’s review of Michael Ian Borer’s book “Vegas Brews: Craft Beer and the Birth of a Local Scene”. Land writes “[P]erhaps the greatest contribution of Borer’s … Continue reading

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Review of Kimberly Kattari’s “Psychobilly” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.522 #sssi #sociology cc @sociologylens

Symbolic interactionists have a long-standing interest in music and subcultures. Kimberly Kattari’s book “Psychobilly: Subcultural Survival”, as Jeff van den Scott who is an ethnomethodologist at the University of Newfoundland says “presents the historic trends of psychobilly she introduces social … Continue reading

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Martyn Hammersley: The Practice of Misrepresentation: A response to Jenkings’ review of ‘The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology’

In his review of my book The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology, Neil Jenkings (Early View) accuses me of engaging in ‘the practice of misrepresentation’, thereby not only alleging that I misrepresented ethnomethodology but also that I intended to do so in … Continue reading

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New Book Review: JE Sumerau (@jsumerau) on Jeremiah J. Castle’s “Rock of Ages: Subcultural Religious Identity and Public Opin-ion among Young Evangelicals” @sociologylens #sssi #religion https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.508

In her review of Jeremiah J. Castle’s ‘Rock of Ages’ J E Sumerau (@jsumerau) states that the book provides a broad scale portrait of survey responses from Evangelical youth about their political beliefs and attitudes over time. While not naturally … 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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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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Review of Hammersley’s “The Radicalism of Ethnomethodology” by K. Neil Jenkings #emca #sociology #sssi

There is a burgeoning interest in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. This growing interest is reflected in the growth of participants in EMCA conferences and publications that add to the body of literature in the field as well as by critical … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Erin Reinisch reviews “Courting the Community” by Christine Zozula #sssi #bookreview #sociology #law

In Courting the Community, Christine Zozula draws on ethnographic data gathered during her fieldwork at Greenville Community Court (GCC) to examine the relationship between culture, organizational legitimacy, and punishment. Erin Reinisch (University of Nevada, LAs Vegas) has reviewed Zozula’s book … Continue reading

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Review Essay: Leslie Irvine on two books about interaction with insects #sssi #interaction

Leslie Irvine very known for her research on human-animal interaction has reviewed two books concerned with the relationship between human and insects. “Human-Insect Interactions” By Sergey Govorushko (CRC Press, 2018) “Buzz, Sting, Bite:Why We Need Insects” By Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Simon … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Harvey Farberman’s “Essays in Interactionist Sociology” reviewed by David L. Altheide #sssi #sociology #interactionism #bookreview

Harvey A. Farberman is professor emeritus of social welfare policy at Stony Brook University. He was a co-founder and president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, served as editor of the journal Symbolic Interaction, won the SSSI Distinguished Service … Continue reading

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NEW THEMATIC ISSUE: Interaction and Organizations #sssi #sociology #management #organization @sijournal

Introduction to a Thematic Issue: Interaction and Organizations Scott R. Harris Pages: 509-512 Full text PDF ARTICLES Negotiated Discretion: Redressing the Neglect of Negotiation in “Street‐Level Bureaucracy” Lars E. F. Johannessen Pages: 513-538 Abstract Full text PDF References Connecting Practical … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Ben Colliver on “Male Rape, Masculinities, and Sexualities” by Aliraza Javaid #sssi #bookreview

We have just published Ben Colliver’s review of Aliraza Javaid’s book “Male Rape, Masculinities, and Sexualities: Understanding, Policing, and Overcoming Male Sexual Victimisation”. Colliver argues that “the book makes advances our understanding of the ways in which male rape, gender, … Continue reading

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