Category Archives: Book Review

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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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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