Category Archives: Book Review

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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New Book review: Clayton Childress on “Art Rebels” by Paul Lopes #sssi #music #art

In symbolic interactionism and our journal there is a long-standing interest in art and music. For example, in 2015 we published Wenchao Lu’s interview with Howard Becker “Sociology and Art” and Lucia Ruggerone’s and Neil Jenkings’s article “Talking About Beauty“, … Continue reading

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Book Review of “The World in Guangzhou” by Fangheyue A. Ma #sssi #sociology #technology #migration #mobility

In her review of Gordon Mathews and colleagues book “The World in Guangzhou: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China’s Global Marketplace” Fangheyue A. Ma asks, “Is China on the path toward becoming more global, multicultural, and cosmopolitan?”, and uses her … Continue reading

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Dawn Norris’s Review of “Management Motifs by Scott Grills and Robert Prus” #sssi #organization #management

In their latest book entitled ‘Management Motifs: An Interactionist Approach for the Study of Organizational Interchange”, Scott Grills and Robert Prus make an important contribution to management and organizational research in symbolic interaction. With their book they address the long … Continue reading

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“‘Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy’ by Richard E. Ocejo'” reviewed by Erik T. Withers #sssi #sociology #bookreview

Richard E. Ocejo‘s book “Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy” that won the 2019 Max Weber Book Award of the ASA Section ‘Organizations, Occupations and Work’ has been reviewed for Symbolic Interaction by Erik T. Withers. The … Continue reading

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New Book Review: J. E. Melvin discusses Smith’s and Delamont’s “Lost Ethnographies” #sssi #ethnography #sociology

Have you ever begun an ethnographic project but then for whatever reason the work was abandoned? Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont have edited a book on such lost ethnographies that Jennifer E. Melvin reviewed for Symbolic Interaction. SSSI Members … Continue reading

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New Book Review out! “Signing the Drama of Dialogue” by Robert Wade Kenny – review of “The Rhetoric of Signs” By Robert Perinbanayagam #sssi #sociology

We have just published Robert Wade Kenny’s review of Robert Perinbanayagam’s book “The Rhetoric of Signs” in our journal. Professor Kenny has written an extended version of that review that we publish below. SSSI Members can download the original review … Continue reading

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Popular Papers in Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology #top20article @sijournal

Doing Gender Beyond the Binary: A Virtual Ethnography Just the “Typical College Diet-: How College Students Use Life Stages to Account for Unhealthy Eating Bathrooms, Boundaries, and Emotional Burdens: Cisgendering Interactions Through the Interpretation of Transgender Experience Stigmatized Identities: Too … Continue reading

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Review of Gary Alan Fine’s ‘Talking Art’ published #sssi #sociology #art

We have just published Amanda Koontz review of Gary Alan Fine’s book “Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education”. Professor Koontz writes that “Talking Art offers interesting insight into the tensions that derive … Continue reading

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Andrew P. Carlin’s review of “Bringing War to Book” by R. Woodward and Neil. K. Jenkings #sssi #military #sociology

Andrew P. Carlin writes that “The business of sociologists is reading books about books—internal debates on the value of this or that theory, ad infinitum. Bringing War to Bookis about books too, but in a refreshingly different manner: the core … Continue reading

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Jennifer Millard Boyle’s review of “Bikes and Bloomers” by Kat Jungnickel #sssi #materiality #sociology

We have just published Jennifer Millard Boyle’s review of Kat Jungnickel’s “Bikes and Bloomers. Women Inventors and their Extraordinary Cycle Wear” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. SSSI Members can download the review by clicking the image below. To join … Continue reading

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