Review of Meyer, Streeck and Jordan (eds.) ‘Intercorporeality: Emergent Socialities in Interaction’ by Donald Everhart (@donaever) #sssi #emca https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.523 cc @sociologylens

Reviewing edited collections can be a tough task as such volumes often contain a large number of engaging individual chapters whilst the relationship between the contributions is not always clear. Donald Everhart has thankfully taken on to review “Intercorporeality: Emergent Socialities in Interaction” edited by Christian Meyer, Juergen Streeck and J. Scott Jordan. Everhart states that “this is that rare kind of collection that is worth reading in its entirety as it makes a cohesive argument throughout. Scholars of embodied interaction, and social interaction in general, should pay close attention to how the editors of and contributors to this volume have worked towards an integrated framework.”

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Book review of Gary A Fine’s book “Players and Pawns” by Taylor Price #TheQueensGambit #sssi

Many of the readers here who are currently glued to their screens watching ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ might also be interested in Gary Alan Fine’s (2015) book “Players and Pawns: How Chess builds Community and Culture”. In 2017, Professor Fine’s book was reviewed by Taylor Price.

The review can be accessed HERE

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Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI): New Website #sssi

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has a new website. Please click HERE or on the image below to visit the site.

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New Special Issue: ‘Special Issue:Celebrating and Interrogating the Blumerian Legacy’ #sssi #sociology #Blumer @sociologylens

Special Issue – Vol. 43 No. 4

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

An Embattled Yet Enduring Influence: Introduction to a Special Issue on Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism

ARTICLES

The Spirit of Blumer’s Method as a Guide to Sociological Discovery

 

Understanding Everyday Life: Generic Social Processes and the Pursuit of Transcontextuality

 

Open Access

Digitalization as “an Agent of Social Change” in a Supermarket Chain: Applying Blumer’s Theory of Industrialization in Contemporary Society

 

Character Problems as Collective Behavior

 

Cognition in Situations

 

A Blumerian Approach to Storytelling

 

REVIEW ESSAY

Leave Half the Honey: Two Books about Our Debt to Insects

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Reflections on Interactionist Institutional Orders

 

Beyond the Looking Glass, into the Web

 

Exploring the Work of Stories Is Critical to Understanding a Complex World

 

On Nothing as Something: Mourning, Grief, Loss, Lack, and Cultural Values

 

Teaching Symbolic Interactionism

 

The Contradictions of Community Courts

 

The Practice of Misrepresentation: On Hammersley’s Straw Man Criticism of Ethnomethodology


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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 leading scholars in the field of interactional research. Using the visual materials of video‐recorded data, these chapters explore how touch is coordinated in time and extended sequentially, how it interfaces with activity, its multi‐modal production, the use of the body and its movement as a whole, and the various shapes and forms that touch takes.”

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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 after leaving these communities? [and] How does their upbringing and formative experiences continue to shape their identities and lives after leaving?” Merolla highlights Newfield’s careful analysis of the accounts that “exiters” give for their leaving of the community they grew up in.

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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”.

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New Article: “Making Time: Pausing to Coordinate Video Instructions and Practical Tasks” by Sylvaine Truncer, Oskar Lindwall and Barry Brown #sssi #technology #media https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.516 cc @sociologylens

In Symbolic Interaction, we have a long standing interest in information technology. Save for the regular publication of articles and book reviews related to interactionism and technology, about 18 months ago our journal published a thematic issues on “Technology, the Internet and Social Media“. Sylvaine Truncer, Oskar Lindwa;; and Barry Brown’s article “Making Time: Pausing to Coordinate Video Instructions and Practical Tasks” continues this line of research. In their article the authors explore how people experience and make time with interactive media.

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New Article: “The Feeling of Enlightenment: Managing Emotions through Yoga and Prayer” by Erin F. Johnston https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.521 #sssi #emotions @sociologylens

Erin F. Johnston’s article “The Feeling of Enlightenment: Managing Emotions through Yoga and Prayer” contributes to debates in Symbolic Interaction that are concerned with emotions. Johnston is particularly interested in how two spiritual communities—a Catholic prayer house and an Integral Yoga studio—shape the emotional lives of their members. 

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Free Access (14 October – 31 October 2020) to ‘most cited’ papers in Symbolic Interaction in 2018/19 #sssi #sociology #freeaccess cc @sociologylens

TitleLead AuthorPub YearVol:Iss
Agency-without-choice: the visual rhetorics of long-acting reversible contraception promotionGRZANKA, P201841:3
Escort clients’ sexual scripts and constructions of intimacy in commodified sexual relationshipsJONES, Z201841:4
Helpers “here on the front lines”: welfare-to-work managers’ moral identity workTAYLOR, T201841:1
Learning from the religious experiences of bi plus + peopleMATHERS, L201942:2
Couch revisited: a theoretical treatment of the information-technological media of imgur, reddit, and twitterJULIEN, C201942:1 (SI)
Displaying gender: transgender people’s strategies in everyday lifeMARQUES, A201942:2
Activating controlling images in the racialized interaction order: black middle-class interactions and the creativity of racist actionMEGHJI, A201942:2
Narrative methods for differential diagnosis in a case of autismTUROWETZ, J201841:3
Stigmatized identities: too muslim to be american, too american to be muslimCASEY, P201841:1
Social network challenges to reducing consumption: the problem of gift givingLORENZEN, J201841:2
Deservingness, deadbeat dads, and responsible fatherhood: child support policy and rhetorical conceptualizations of poverty, welfare, and the familyBATTLE, B201841:4
Playing the interrogation game: rapport, coercion, and confessions in police interrogationsDAVID, G201841:1
Short white coats: knowledge, identity, and status negotiations of first-year medical studentsVINSON, A201942:3
Interactionism in the twenty-first century: a letter on being-in-a-meaningful-worldFINE, G201942:3
Professional socialization as embedded elaborations: experience, institutions, and professional culture throughout teacher careersEVERITT, J201942:4 (SI)
Tip work: examining the relational dynamics of tipping beyond the service counterWILSON, E201942:4 (SI)
Virgins, terrorists, and ten children: immigrants’ humorous play with ethnic stereotypes in bonding with danes in the workplaceESHOLDT, H201942:4 (SI)
Co-present conversation as “socialized trance”: talk, involvement obligations, and smart-phone disruptionWALSH, M201942:1 (SI)
Audience design and context discrepancy: how online debates lead to opinion polarizationTIAN, X201942:2 (SI)
Two faces of self and emotion in symbolic interactionism: from process to structure and culture-and backFRANCIS, L201942:2
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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 book, … is his ambition to replace a sociology of taste with an embodied sociology of tasting. Positioning his analysis against Bourdieu’s conception of taste as distinction, Borer writes that,“Taste isn’t merely a disembodied and decontextualized marker of difference or social status … taste is performed together, and tasting is the binding activity”.

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New Article for the Special Issue on ‘Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism’ – Arthur McLuhan “Character Problems as Collective Behavior” https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.520 #sssi #sociology #character cc @sociologylens

Another article as contribution to the Special Issue on ‘Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism’ edited by Jacqueline Low and Gary Bowden has been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In ‘Character Problems as Collective Behavior’ Arthur McLuhan argues that interactionism often “overemphasizes situations as self‐contained sites of continually emergent meaning and action” while neglecting “important aspects of character that extend beyond the immediate situation”. His article adds to recent discussions in sociology that “redress this moment‐by‐moment bias, and the inter‐situational dimensions of character attributions”.

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New Article “A Blumerian Approach to Storytelling” by Matthew J. Cousineau – https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.518 #sssi #sociology #Blumer cc @sociologylens

We progressively publish articles for the Special Issue on ‘Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism’. The latest article is Matthew J. Cousineau’s (Auburn University) “A Blumerian Approach to Storytelling”. In the article Cousineau revisits Blumer’s work on life histories and symbolic interactionism and presents his own related research on storytelling

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Introduction to Special Issue on ‘Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism’ https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.519 #sssi #sociology cc @sociologylens

Just over 50 years ago, in 1969 Herbert Blumer published his book “Symbolic Interactionism. Perspective and Method”. Over the past months, Jacqueline Low and Gary Bowden put together a Special Issue on “Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism. The introduction to this Special Issue has been published on Early View of our journal. Therein, Low and Bowden “discuss the significance of Blumer’s variant of interactionism, his contributions to the discipline of sociology, the misinterpretations and misrepresentations of his approach, and the way in which the papers in this issue carry forward his legacy.”

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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 themes including psychobillies’ views of themselves as powerless members of broader society, the use of horror imagery as a means of claiming a feeling of control or embracing lack of control, gender roles within the scene, and the importance of social and economic capital”.

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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 order to attack it. He provides no evidence for this, or even that I misrepresented ethnomethodology, he simply asserts it.

Curiously, his definition of ‘ethnomethodology’ – as ‘the study of the methods of members in the situated practices of their on-going activities in the local production of “order”’ (p1) – is very close to the formulations I use in my book. His objection appears to be that I wasn’t as ‘sympathetic’ to ethnomethodology as he would have liked. He claims that my focus should have been on what ethnomethodologists do rather than what they say they do, so that my book ought to have focused on the analytic practices of ethnomethodologists. In fact I do discuss those practices, but I am primarily concerned with the assumptions on which they operate and the rationales for them; and, indeed, some ethnomethodologists have been very forthcoming about such matters, often as part of their criticism of other forms of social scientific work. Jenkings may not like my focus, he may believe that ethnomethodological practice is free-floating and self-validating, and that it involves no presuppositions (a position I address), but he makes no attempt to defend that view. Instead he simply compares what I wrote with what he thinks ethnomethodology is and faults my account because there is a mismatch.

In fact, his whole review falls short of what is required in any review of a book: he provides readers with very little sense of its contents. For example, he mentions that one chapter is focused on Alfred Schutz, but all he says about it is that ‘Hammersley claims most sociologists—including Garfinkel—have apparently misinterpreted’ (p2) Schutz. He does not report that I locate Schutz’s work in the context of Austrian economics and consider whether he intended it as a foundation for or replacement of Max Weber’s sociology. Similarly, Jenkings objects to a criterion I used in assessing ethnomethodological work on the grounds that it is one that I apply to all social science. But he does not tell readers what this criterion is: the capacity to produce knowledge that is more reliable than that from other sources, relating to topics of human relevance or practical value. Apparently, he thinks that ethnomethodological work should not be judged by this criterion, but he does not tell us why.

So, not only is Jenkings’ review libellous – attributing intent to misrepresent on my part in its very title – it is a model for how not to review a book. I am only too well aware that my book has weaknesses, but setting out to misrepresent ethnomethodology was not one of them. I welcome criticism of the book. Indeed, I hoped it would lead to dialogue across boundaries, though I was not optimistic about this given the failure of previous attempts. In a slipshod manner, Jenkings attributes to me a desire for a ‘“singular” disciplinary methodology’, implying by the use of quotation marks that I had used this phrase. But what I actually wrote was that the proliferation of approaches within sociology, and across social science more generally, is out of control; so that we need to work towards clarifying, and if possible resolving, differences. Jenkings may disagree with this. If so, he could have put forward an argument, but instead he offered sneering caricature.


Martyn Hammersley (2018). The radicalism of ethnomethodology: An assessment of sources and principles. Manchester:Manchester University Press.

Neil Jenkings (2019). The Practice of Misrepresentation: On Hammersley’s Straw Man Criticism of Ethnomethodology. Symbolic Interaction (Early View)

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Book Review: Ross Haenfler on “Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory” by Patricia Hill Collins #sssi #sociology #intersectionality cc @sociologylens

In 2019, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction invited Professor Patricia Hill Collins as Distinguished Lecturer to its Annual Meetings in New York. At the meetings, Professor Collins talked about her work in intersectionality which also the content of her book “Intersectionality as Critical Theory” that Ross Haenfler reviewed for our journal.

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New Article: “Atrocity Stories and Access to Elite Universities: Chickens at the Station” by Sam Hillyard, Jonathan Tummons & Madeleine Winnard #sssi #sociololgy #highereducation cc @sociologylens

Coinciding with the beginning of the new academic year, Symbolic Interaction has published “Atrocity Stories and Access to Elite Universities: Chickens at the Station” in which Sam Hillyard, Jonathan Tummons and Madeleine Winnard use admissions to elite universities as a case that exposes the manifestation of the English class structure. Their study based on interviews with non-traditional graduates from an elite university reveals the resistance to change in such institution and calls for ethnographic studies that explore how university might promote access agendas.

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New Article: “Negotiating Medical Authority: Shared Decision‐Making in the ICU” by Jason Rodriquez https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.514 #ethnography #care #medicalsociology #sssi cc @sociologylens

Symbolic interactionism has a long-standing interest in health care and interaction in hospitals. In his article “Negotiating Medical Authority: Shared Decision-Making in the ICU” Jason Rodriquez shows the interactional strategies ICU clinicians as a team used to bring family surrogates’ frame of understanding into alignment with their own assessment that the patient was unlikely to survive. Findings show clinicians maintained authority over end‐of‐life care while also maintaining a process recognized as shared decision‐making.

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Review Essay by Anthony Puddephatt discussing Braden T. Leap’s book “Gone Goose. The Remaking of an American town in the Age of Climate Change” #sssi #environment #climate cc @sociologylens

In light of the pandemic and the forthcoming election in the USA discussions of climate change and its impact on all our lives seems often forgotten. Anthony Puddephatt’s review essay discussing Braden T. Leap’s book “Gone Goose. The Remaking of an American town in the Age of Climate Change” is a powerful reminder of how our lives already are impacted by the changing climate.

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