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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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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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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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Judson Everitt’s (@everjudson) review of “Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool Teaching” by John Pruit https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.487 #sssi

We have just published Judson Everitt’s review “Emotions, Interactions, and Institutions in Preschool Teaching” of John Pruit’s book “Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool” on Eary View of Symbolic Interaction. Everitt argues that Pruit’s book makes an important contribution … 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: 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 Book Review: Lindsey M. Ibañez reviews Baptiste Brossard’s “Why do we hurt ourselves?” #sssi #selfharm #sociology

In her review of Baptiste Brossard’s book “Why do we hurt ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life” Lindsey M. Ibañez highlights how skillfully Brossard reveals the diverse accounts people give post-hoc for their behaviour. The review entitled “Hurting Oneself to … Continue reading

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New Book Review: A.H. Vinson on “Lesson Plans” by Judson Everitt

In symbolic interactionism there is a renewed interest in management and organisational analysis. Over the past years, for example, Timothy Hallett has pointed out the neglect of interaction within management fields and argued for the study of “inhabited institutions”. This concept … Continue reading

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Out now: Leonard A Steverson’s review of Carla P Davis’ book “Girls and Juvenile Justice” #sssi #bookreview #sociology

Leonard A. Stevenson writes in his review of Davis’s book “Girls and Juvenile Justice” would be a fine ancillary to upper division courses in sociology and criminology, especially those involving symbolic interactionism, juvenile delinquency, institutional correc- tions, gender inequality, racial … 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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Call for Book Reviewers (Symbolic Interaction) #sssi #sociology

I have received a number of books that I would like to have reviewed in Symbolic Interaction. Please have a look at the images below, check them out at the publishers’ websites and let me know if you would like … Continue reading

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Review of T. F. Gieryn’s “Truth Spots” #sssi #emca

In the context of the current discussions about “post-truth”, “fake news” etc. Thomas F. Gieryn has published his book “Truth Spots: How Places make People Believe”. Patrick G. Watson (Wilfried Laurier University) has reviewed the book for Symbolic Interaction and … Continue reading

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New book review: Alex Dennis on Espeland/Sauder’s “Engines of Anxiety”

Alex Dennis describes Wendy Nelson Espeland’s and Michael Sauder’s book ‘Engines of Anxiety: Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability’ as “rigorous, human, and timely”. Members can download the review by clicking the image below. To join SSSI and subscribe to Symbolic Interaction … Continue reading

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Review of Emma Engdahl’s “Depressive Love” published on Early View. #sssi #sociology #love #freeaccess

We have just published a review of Emma Engdahl’s book “Depressive Love” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In her review Irene Psaroudakis writes that “current, refined, and interesting not only for scholars, but for everyone who experiences relationships lacking … Continue reading

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Joel O. Powell’s Review of “Social Psychology: Individuals, Interaction, and Inequality” by Karen A. Hegtvedt and Cathryn Johnson #sssi #sociology #socialpsychology cc @SocialPsych

We have just published Joel O. Powell’s critical review of Karen A. Hegtvedt and Cathryn Johnson’s textbook “Social Psychology: Individuals, Interaction, and Inequality” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. SSSI members can download Joel O. Powell’s review by clicking the … Continue reading

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Review of Waskul/Eaton ‘The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History’ #sssi #bookreview

We have just published Nathan W. DeVenne’s review of Dennis Waskul and Marc Eaton’s book “The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History’ on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. DeVenne states that Wasku and Eaton’s book “offers a robust interdisciplinary approach … Continue reading

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Out Now: J Sumerau’s review of Jooyoung Lee’s “Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central” #sssi #ethnography

We have just published J Sumerau’s review of Jooyoung Lee’s book “Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central”. Sumerau who has written a number of reviews and articles for our journal says that “with this book Lee both offers a … Continue reading

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New Book Review out! Carley Geiss on Michael K. Corman’s’ Paramedics on and Off the Streets’ #sssi #sociology #ethnography

There is a substantial interest in ethnographies of work, not only in sociology but also by practitioners who are subject of ethnographic studies. In her review of Michael K. Corman’s ‘Paramedics On and Off the Streets’ Carley Geiss (University of South … Continue reading

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Symbolic Interaction New Issue Vol.41(3) #sssi #sociology

ARTICLES Driving to Work: The Front Seat Work of Paramedics to and from the Scene Michael K. Corman Pages: 291-310   Generic Processes in Aligning the Multiple Bases of Identity: The Case of Becoming a Ministry Student Arthur McLuhan Pages: 311-333   … Continue reading

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