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 and argues that “in a time where the notion of community is shifting due to the mediating forces of technology, political polarization, and impersonal bureaucratic institutions, community courts offer enticing promises that, as Zozula illustrates, they are ill‐equipped to fulfill”.

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Just out: “Understanding Everyday Life: Generic Social Processes and the Pursuit of Transcontextuality” by Scott Grills #sssi #sociology #management

Recently, Scott Grills and Robert Prus published their book “Management Motifs” that Dawn Norris reviewed for Symbolic Interaction earlier this year. Scott Grills now has published an article in our journal titled “Understanding Everyday Life: Generic Social Processes and the Pursuit of Transcontextuality” that continues the argument made in the book. By drawing on a series of ethnographic research projects , Grills offers a research agenda for engaging GSPs transcontextually. Specifically, he argues for extending the study of GSPs through the examination of management in everyday life, the creation of subcultural value, and the social construction of doubt.

Scott Grill’s article has just been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. SSSI Members can download the article by clicking the image below or HERE. To join SSSI and subscribe to Symbolic Interaction from $35 (£30) please click HERE.

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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 & Schuster, 2019)

She argues that Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson and Sergey Govorushko in their books “remind readers that insects do not exist solely to serve our interests. They have evolved to engage in what many people consider uniquely human activities, including agriculture, warfare, the division of labor, slavery, a caste system, architecture, and symbolic communication”.

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New Article: “The Spirit of Blumer’s Method as a Guide to Sociological Discovery” #sssi #Blumer #sociology

In this article Michale Schwalbe explores Herbert Blumer’s methodological contribution to interactionism and sociology. Schwalbe argues that Blumer’s essay “The Methodological Position of Symbolic Interactionism” “voices a spirit of research that is ardently empirical, sociological, and creative”.

Michael Schwalbe’s article has just been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. SSSI Members can download the article by clicking the image below or HERE. To join SSSI and subscribe to Symbolic Interaction from $35 (£30) please click HERE.

 

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Blog Post re “Distributed Selves: Shifting Inequities of Impression Management in Couples Living with Dementia” by James Rupert Fletcher #sssi #sociology

Blog Post in regard to: James Rupert Fletcher 2019 (Online First). “Distributed Selves: Shifting Inequities of Impression Management in Couples Living with Dementia.” Symbolic Interaction.

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If you had dementia, would you tell people? This question is at the heart of my new paper in Symbolic Interaction, focusing on how couples with dementia negotiate impression management and the presentation of selves.

Among the many challenges that dementia presents, those affected can struggle to navigate the perceptions of other people. This is particularly challenging when couples disagree over how they would like to be seen by others. In my study, people with dementia wanted to conceal their diagnoses from other people, but carers wanted to be more open. People with dementia adopted various strategies for concealing their dementias, but as cognitive decline progressed, it became harder to hide. They became increasingly reliant on their carers to support their performances, and as carers gained greater influence, impression management shifted toward their preferences. This creeping inequity was made more problematic by symbolic and institutional responses to dementia, exacerbating tensions.

Diagnosis was one example of this. Diagnosis was typically driven by the carer, sometimes against the wishes of the person diagnosed. Discrepancies in the desirability of diagnosis reflect the different ways that diagnosis works for those affected. Participating carers described feeling validated by diagnosis and eliciting sympathies from others. There were also practical benefits, such as free gym classes and extra-fast car breakdown services. Conversely, participants with dementia were ashamed of having such an infamous condition, and suffered institutional disadvantages such as having their driving licenses revoked. Dementia placed everybody in unenviable positions, yet while diagnosis offered carers some meagre benefits, it compounded the situations of those with dementia.

This intensification of tensions in couples with dementia is important in the context of campaigns to promote diagnosis and awareness. Without effective treatments, the merits of this strategy depend on societal responses to dementia. In an ideal world, diagnosis would lead to services rather than shame, giving couples less reason to contest how best to engage with dementia. I hope this paper helps readers to reflect on the problems faced by couples with dementia, and to consider how we might ease some of them.

 

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Carley Geiss’s article “Exploring Cultural Conventions of Compassionate Healthcare through Virtual Narrative Ethnography” wins 2019 Couch Award! #sssi #sociology #award #Couch cc @carleygeiss

Carley Geiss (University of South Florida) won the 2019 Couch Award for her
work, “Exploring Cultural Conventions of Compassionate Healthcare through
Virtual Narrative Ethnography.”  In this study, Geiss illustrates how
public organizational narratives about compassionate healthcare reflect and
reinforce cultural systems of meaning.  Using virtual narrative ethnography
of Schwartz Center of Compassionate Healthcare, Geiss demonstrates the
construction of a formula story that operates through (1) characterization
of the “compassionate-worthy patient,” (2) a plot of empathetic connection
and compassionate action between patients and providers, and (3) morals
that communicate personal, clinical, and institutional benefits of
compassion in healthcare.
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Couch Award is an annual competition, open to students who submit papers
that (1) use a symbolic interactionist approach inInternet studies, (2)
explore the interface between deliberate social interaction and structured
(or automated)interactions sponsored or enacted by various technological
features, and(3) examine not only how identities, relations, and social
formations are negotiated through social interactions, but also how these
interactions are mediated further through the use or capacities of various
technologies.

For more information about Couch Award, please visit the Couch Center
website at https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.cccsir.com&data=01%7C01%7Cdirk.vom_lehn%40kcl.ac.uk%7Cba1736622f734d57fb1108d77e754ebc%7C8370cf1416f34c16b83c724071654356%7C0&sdata=zD%2FCvFr7IRz6iinE%2BzQbqh1ACgwKVwq3A7OKX8Ghxy0%3D&reserved=0, or contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen at
sarina.chen@uni.edu.

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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 Award, and was named an Annual Distinguished Lecturer. He also received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. “Essays in Interactionist Sociology” is a collection of Farberman’s work. We have just published that David L. Altheide’s review of the book on Early View of Symbolic Interaction.

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