Category Archives: ethnography

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 paper: ‘The Haunting of Shame: Autoethnography and the Multivalent Stigma of Being Queer, Muslim, and Single’ by Aliraza Javaid #sssi #sociology #stigma

We have just published a new article by Aliraza Javaid on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In his article Aliraza examines multiple stigmas and dichotomies to illustrate the human lived experience of a gay Muslim single, who is silenced, invisibilized, … 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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Review of Alex Preda’s ‘Noise: Living and Trading in Electronic Finance’ by J. C. Jekat #sociology #sssi #economic-sociology

Over the past 40 years, there has been a profound revival of economic sociology. In recent years, interactionist research has shown a growing interest in this sociological field and produced a fascinating body of work including studies of sales and … Continue reading

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New on Early View: Review of G.A. Fine’s Players and Pawns #sssi #sociology

We have just published Taylor Price’s review of Gary Alan Fine’s ‘Players and Pawns. How Chess builds Community and Culture’. Taylor Price writes that “Gary Alan Fine provides an ethnographic account of chess as a soft and sticky cultural activity that “drips … Continue reading

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New Article: A.E. McKinzie “Scared to Death: Reflections on Panic and Anxiety in the Field” #sssi #sociology

We have just published Ashley E. McKinzie’s article “Scared to Death: Reflections on Panic and Anxiety in the Field”. In her article McKinzie uses an autoethnographic approach to investigate the experience of panic attacks as result of fieldwork. She aims … Continue reading

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New article on Early View: ‘The Importance of ’empty gestures’ in Recovery’ #sssi #sociology

A new article has been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In her paper “The Importance of ’empty gestures’ in Recover: Being Human Together” Astrid Skatvedt investigates the social processes through which ‘everydayness’ is accomplished in healthcare. Members of … Continue reading

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P. Sormani’s Review of “Deconstructing Ethnography” on Early View #sssi #sociology

“Deconstructing Ethnography” uses ethnomethodology to critically discuss the field of system design and its reliance on versions of technological determinism. Philippe Sormani has written a very interesting and insightful review of the book by Graham Button, Andy Crabtree, Mark Rouncefield … Continue reading

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Review of Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman’s book “The Color of Love” #sssi #sociology

In his review, Chris Conner describes Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman’s book “The Color of Love” as  “an excellent ethnographic project examining how race is constituted and affects the everyday lives of Afro-Brazilian family members.” By making an important contribution to our understanding of the … Continue reading

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New Article on Neighbourhood Identity Early View #sssi #sociology #ethnography

In sociology, there is a growing interest in urban ethnography. Recently, our journal Symbolic Interaction published reviews of Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted“, Emma Jackson’s “Young Homeless People and Urban Space“, and Alice Goffman’s “On the Run“. In her artile “Looking Forward, … Continue reading

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“Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility” book review by Waverly Duck

There is lots of interest in urban ethnography these days. In Symbolic Interaction, for example, Jacob Avery recently reviewed Alice Goffman’s “On the Run”. Whilst many of the urban ethnographies focus on US-American cities, in Europe and the UK urban … Continue reading

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Review of A. Waterston’s “My Father’s War” #sssi #sociology

With Alisse Waterston‘s “My Father’s War: Migration, Memory ,and the Violence of a Century” we review another book from the Innovative Ethnographies Series that is edited by Phillip Vannini. The review written by Kaya Hamer-Small highlights the important contribution Waterston’s book makes … Continue reading

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More books for Review #sssi #sociology

Here is a second bunch of books that some of you might be interested in reviewing. Please drop me an email if you are interested in reviewing any of these. dirk.vom_lehn@kcl.ac.uk

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Research Paper in the News: Junhow Wei on American Idol

Junhow Wei’s article ““I’m the Next American Idol”: Cooling Out, Accounts, and Perseverance at Reality Talent Show Auditions” that has just been published in the February 2016 Issue of Symbolic Interaction has been picked up by Tracy Swartz (@tracyswartz) from the Chicago … Continue reading

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Ethics and Ethnography (Book reviews) – Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology #ethnography

In light of the debate about Alice Goffman’s book there is currently a lot of discussion around ethics and ethnography. Over the past year or so Symbolic Interaction has published a few very relevant reviews of books discussing the opportunities … Continue reading

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Review of Alice Goffman’s ‘On the Run’ by Jacob Avery on Early View

Lots has been written about Alice Goffman’s “On the Run“. From the New York Times to the LA Review of Books, NPR, Slate and many other publications in different ways have found the publication of Goffman’s ethnography of a disadvantaged … Continue reading

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