1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism

Edited By Dirk vom Lehn, Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Will Gibson Copyright 2021
    478 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    478 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism demonstrates the promise and diversity of the interactionist perspective in social science today, providing students and practitioners with an overview of the impressive developments in interactionist theory, methods and research. Thematically organized, it explores the history of interactionism and the contemporary state of the field, considering the ways in which scholars approach topics that are central to interactionism. As such, it presents discussions of self, identity, gender and sexuality, race, emotions, social organization, media and the internet, and social problems. With attention to new developments in methods and methodologies, including digital ethnography, visual methods and research ethics, the authors also engage with new areas of investigation that have emerged in light of current societal developments, such as policing and police violence, interactionism beyond binaries and social media. Providing a comprehensive overview of the current state and possible future of interactionist research, it will appeal to interactionist scholars, as well as to established sociologists and students of sociology who have an interest in latest developments in interactionism.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Introduction

    Dirk vom Lehn, Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Will Gibson

    Part 2: Varieties of Interactionism

    2. Pragmatism and Interaction

    Frithjof Nungesser

    3. Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism and 21st-century Sociology

    Thomas J. Morrione

    4. Straussian Negotiated Order Theory c.1960–Present

    Adele Clarke

    5. Recent Developments in the New Iowa School of Symbolic Interactionism

    Michael Katovich and Shing-Ling S. Chen

    6. Dramaturgical Frameworks and Interactionism

    Greg Smith

    7. Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis: The Other Interactionism

    Jason Turowetz and Anne Warfield Rawls

    Part 3: Self, Identity, and Emotions

    8. Click, Validate, and Reply: Three Paradoxes of the Terminal Self

    Simon Gottschalk

    9. Animal Selfhood

    Leslie Irvine

    10. The Self and the Supernatural

    Rachael Ironside

    11. The (Un)Healthy Body and the Self

    Lisa Jean Moore and Sumayra Khan

    12. Identity and Racialisation

    Matt Hughey and Michael Rosino

    13. Symbolic Interaction beyond Binaries

    J.E. Sumerau

    14. Culture and Emotion: Interactionist Perspectives

    Doyle McCarthy

    Part 4: Social Organisation

    15. Organizations and Institutions

    Patrick McGinty

    16. Symbolic Interactionism, Social Structure, and Social Change: Historical Debates and Contemporary Challenges

    Stacey Hannem

    17. Mental Health and Symbolic Interactionism: Untapped Opportunities

    Baptiste Brossard

    18. Handling Video of [Police] Violence: Theoretical versus Practical Analyses

    Patrick Watson and Albert J. Meehan

    19. Space, Mobility, and Interaction

    Robin James Smith

    20. Nature and the Environment in Interaction

    Anthony Puddephatt

    21. The Social Organization of Time

    Michael G. Flaherty

    22. Collective Memory

    Lisa-Jo van den Scott

    Part 5: Interactionism, Media and the Internet

    23. Media Logic, Fear, and the Construction of Terrorism

    David Altheide

    24. Public Fear and the Media

    Joel Best

    25. Policing and Social Media

    Chris Schneider

    26. Interactionism and Online Identity: How has Interactionism Contributed to Understandings of Online Identity?

    Hannah Ditchfield

    27. Physical Co-presence and Distinctive Features of Online Interactions

    Xiaoli Tian and Yui Fung Yip

    28. Happy Birthday Michael Jackson: Dead Celebrity and Online Interaction

    Kerry O. Ferris

    29. Multi-Player Online Gaming

    David Kirschner

    Part 6: New Developments in Methods

    30. Situational Analysis as Critical Pragmatist Interactionism

    Carrie Friese, Rachel Washburn and Adele Clarke

    31. Video in Interactionist Research

    René Tuma

    32. Digital Naturalism: Ethnography in Networked Worlds

    Michael Dellwing

    33. Ethics in Symbolic Interactionist Research

    Will van den Hoonard and Deborah van den Hoonard

    Part 7: Reimagining Interactionism

    34. Toward an Expanded Definition of Symbolic Interactionism

    Linda Liska Belgrave, Kapriskie Seide and Kathy Charmaz

    35. Some Antinomies of Interactionism

    Martyn Hammersley

    36. Interactionist Research: Extending Methods, Extending Fields

    Emilie Morwenna Whitaker and Paul Atkinson

    37. The New Horizons of Symbolic Interactionism

    Kent Sandstrom, Lisa K. van den Scott and Gary Alan Fine


    Dirk vom Lehn is Professor of Organisation and Practice at King’s Business School, King’s College London, UK. He is the author of Harold Garfinkel: The Creation and Development of Ethnomethodology.

    Natalia Ruiz-Junco is Associate Professor of Sociology at Auburn University, USA, and co-editor of Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic.

    Will Gibson is Reader in Social Research Methods at University College London, Institute of Education, UK, and co-author of Institutions, Interaction and Social Theory and Working with Qualitative Data.