Handbook of Symbolic Interactionism

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Symbolic interactionism commands its own adherents, meetings, journals, and professional organization. Now it has its own handbook. Reynolds and Herman-Kinney have assembled 44 chapters from 59 scholars to assess the past, present, and future of this key social psychological framework. In this authoritative volume, scholars outline the history of the development of the theory from the time of Cooley, Thomas, and Mead; its various schools and related theoretical models; its key concepts and methods; its relevance to key institutions and substantive areas; and its likely future trends. Together they provide a benchmark that will help shape symbolic interactionist work for the forseeable future. It is a volume that should be on the shelf of all scholars and graduate students in sociology and related social sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE, May 2004 - P. Kivisto
[The authors] have produced a volume that provides a comprehensive overview of symbolic interaction's intellectual origins, its early development . . . and its relationship to kindred theoretical camps. One inescapable conclusion is that symbolic interaction is a far more diffused and varied enterprise today as compared to its early years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759100923
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1096
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 2.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry T. Reynolds is emeritus professor of sociology at Central Michigan University. He is a former president of the North Central Sociological Association, the first recipient of the Michigan Sociological Association's Charles Horton Cooley Award, and the first recipient of the ASA Marxist section's Distinguished Career Award. Among his books are The Sociology of Sociology, American Society: A Critical Analysis, and Symbolic Interactionism: Genesis, Varieties, and Criticism. Nancy J. Herman-Kinney is professor of sociology at Central Michigan University. She is editor of Deviance: A Symbolic Interactionist Approach and co-editor (with Larry T. Reynolds) of Symbolic Interactionism: An Introduction to Social Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I. General Introduction Part 2 Part II. Antecedents: Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Early Greek Scholarship Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Intellectual Precursors Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Early Representatives Part 6 Part III. Approaches: Introduction Chapter 7 Chapter 4: The Chicago School Chapter 8 Chapter 5: The Iowa School Chapter 9 Chapter 6: The Dramaturgical Genre Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysts Part 11 Part IV. Methods and Concepts: Introduction Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Methods of Symbolic Interactionism Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Mind Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Self Chapter 15 Chapter 11: Society Chapter 16 Chapter 12: Symbols, Objects, and Meanings Chapter 17 Chapter 13: Interaction Chapter 18 Chapter 14: Motives Chapter 19 Chapter 15: Identity Chapter 20 Chapter 16: Role Chapter 21 Chapter 17: Social Organization Part 22 Part V. Institutions: Introduction Chapter 23 Chapter 18: The Economic Institution Chapter 24 Chapter 19: The Political Institution Chapter 25 Chapter 20: The Military Institution Chapter 26 Chapter 21: The Family Institution Chapter 27 Chapter 22: The Scientific Institution Chapter 28 Chapter 23: The Educational Institution Chapter 29 Chapter 24: The Legal Institution Chapter 30 Chapter 25: The Religious Institution Chapter 31 Chapter 26: Medical Institutions Chapter 32 Chapter 27: The Mass Media Part 33 Part VI. Substantive Areas: Introduction Chapter 34 Chapter 28: Deviance Chapter 35 Chapter 29: Collective Behavior Chapter 36 Chapter 30: Race and Ethnic Relations Chapter 37 Chapter 31: Gender and Symbolic Interaction Chapter 38 Chapter 32: Emotions Chapter 39 Chapter 33: Social Movements Chapter 40 Chapter 34: The Life Course Chapter 41 Chapter 35: Childhood Chapter 42 Chapter 36: Sports and Leisure Chapter 43 Chapter 37: Occupations and Professions Chapter 44 Chapter 38: Applied Symbolic Interactionism Chapter 45 Chapter 39: Urban Life Part 46 Part VII. Current and Future Trends: Introduction Chapter 47 Chapter 40: Social Problems Chapter 48 Chapter 41: Cultural Studies Chapter 49 Chapter 42: Semiotics, Pragmatism and Narratives Chapter 50 Chapter 43: Triumphs, Emerging Voices and the Future

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