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Interactionist Currents


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Interactionist Currents publishes contemporary interactionist works of exceptional quality to advance the state of symbolic interactionism. Rather than revisiting classical symbolic interactionist or pragmatist theory, however, this series extends the boundaries of interactionism by examining new empirical topics in subject areas that interactionists have not sufficiently examined; systematizing, organizing, and reflecting on the state of interactionist knowledge in subfields both central and novel within interactionist research; connecting interactionism with contemporary intellectual movements; and illustrating the contemporary relevance of interactionism in ways that are interesting, original, and enjoyable to read. Recognizing an honored and widely appreciated theoretical tradition, reflecting on its limitations, and opening new opportunities for the articulation of related perspectives and research agendas, this series presents work from across the social sciences that makes explicit use of interactionist ideas and concepts, interactionist research, and interactionist theory - both classical and contemporary.

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Sensing Spirits Paranormal Investigation and the Social Construction of Ghosts

Sensing Spirits: Paranormal Investigation and the Social Construction of Ghosts

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Marc A. Eaton
October 16, 2020

Based on ethnographic research, this book examines the paranormal investigation subculture in the US. Presenting interviews with investigators as well as extensive field observations, it explores their reasons for getting involved, their use of different investigative methods, the interpretive ...

The Drama of Social Life A Dramaturgical Handbook

The Drama of Social Life: A Dramaturgical Handbook

1st Edition

Charles Edgley
June 30, 2020

Whatever else they may be doing, human beings are also and always expressing themselves whenever they are in the awareness of others. As such, the metaphor of life as theater - of people playing roles to audiences who review them and then coordinate further action - is an ancient idea that has been...

The Portable Community Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

1st Edition

Robert Owen Gardner
February 21, 2020

This book explores the various ways in which individuals use music and culture to understand and respond to changes in their natural and built environments. Drawing on over 15 years of ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and participant observation, the author develops the thesis that the ...

Microsociological Perspectives for Environmental Sociology

Microsociological Perspectives for Environmental Sociology

1st Edition

Bradley H. Brewster, Antony J. Puddephatt
January 14, 2020

Environmental sociology tends to be dominated by macrosociological theories, to the point that microsociological perspectives have been neglected and ignored. This collection of original work is the first book dedicated to demonstrating the utility of microsociological perspectives for ...

The Terminal Self Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times

The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times

1st Edition

Simon Gottschalk
September 11, 2019

Living at the dawn of a digital twenty-first century, people living in Western societies spend an increasing amount of time interacting with a terminal and interacting with others at the terminal. Because the self emerges out of interaction with others (humans and non-humans), this increasingly ...

‘Doing’ Coercion in Male Custodial Settings An Ethnography of Italian Prison Officers Using Force

‘Doing’ Coercion in Male Custodial Settings: An Ethnography of Italian Prison Officers Using Force

1st Edition

Luigi Gariglio
January 17, 2019

This book offers a sustained study of one feature of the prison officer’s job: the threat and use of force, which the author calls ‘doing’ coercion. Adopting an interactionist, micro-sociological perspective, the author presents new research based on almost two years of participant ...

The Politics of Sorrow Families, Victims, and the Micro-Organization of Youth Homicide

The Politics of Sorrow: Families, Victims, and the Micro-Organization of Youth Homicide

1st Edition

Daniel D. Martin
November 17, 2016

Drawing on several years of research with grief support organizations and the families and friends of murdered children, this book examines the emotional experience of families in the aftermath of a homicide. It examines the politics of sorrow, offering a comparative analysis of White and ...

Challenging Myths of Masculinity Understanding Physical Cultures

Challenging Myths of Masculinity: Understanding Physical Cultures

1st Edition

Lee F. Monaghan, Michael Atkinson
October 11, 2016

Many myths surround male bodies and associated bodywork, especially when such bodywork is labelled culturally or socially atypical or 'problematic'. Bodybuilding, for example, has been explained in terms of gender inadequacy and an 'Adonis complex' akin to reverse anorexia, while men electing to ...

Gendered Bodies and Leisure The practice and performance of American belly dance

Gendered Bodies and Leisure: The practice and performance of American belly dance

1st Edition

Rachel Kraus
July 25, 2016

With its roots in Middle Eastern and North African dance, belly dance is a popular leisure activity in the West with women (and some men) of all ages and body types pursing the activity for diverse reasons. Drawing on empirical research, fieldwork, and interviews with participants, this book ...

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