The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction / Edition 5

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Featuring a new emphasis on how to be awake in the world and how to better see the patterns we use to make sense of our own lives, this fifth edition of Jodi O’Brien’s popular book introduces the major theories, concepts, and perspectives of contemporary social psychology in a uniquely engaging manner. Compelling, original essays that introduce relevant concepts are followed by a wide-ranging, eclectic, enjoyable set of readings. By grounding social psychology in student experiences and explaining theories through stories and narratives, this one-of-a-kind book is a fascinating read that helps students understand the forces that shape their feelings, thoughts, and actions.

Covers conflict in cultures, contradictions & conflict in self-production, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412979443
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 547
  • Sales rank: 170,404
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodi O'Brien (Ph.D., University of Washington) is Professor of Sociology at Seattle University. She teaches courses in social psychology, sexuality, inequality, and classical and contemporary theory. She writes and lectures on the cultural politics of transgressive identities and communities. Her other books include Everyday Inequalities (Basil Blackwell), Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (Pine Forge Press), Social Prisms: Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes (Pine Forge Press), and The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction, Fifth Edition (Pine Forge Press).

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Table of Contents

PART I - Introduction
Essay - What is Real? - O'Brien
Islands of Meaning - Eviatar Zerubavel
Reality as a Collective Hunch
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe - Jane Wagner
Researching Social Life
Truth, Objectivity and Agreement - Earl Babbie
Perspective in Social Science - Charon
PART II – Humans Are Symbol Using Creatures
Essay - Shared Meaning in the Foundation of Humanness - O'Brien
Symbol Use, Language and Development
A Clue to the Nature of Man - Ernst Cassirer
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation - Kingsley Davis
Categorization, Language and Culture
Mindlessness - Ellen Langer
Metaphors We Live By - George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
Racism in the English Language - Robert Moore
PART III – Producing Social Selves
Essay - Who Am I? Developing Character - O'Brien
The Self as Process of Interaction
Looking Glass Self - Charles Horton Cooley
The Self, the I, and the Me - George Herbert Mead
Significant Others and Self Development
A Theory of Genius - Thomas Scheff
Sissy Boy, Progressive Parents - Daniel Farr
Self and Social Context
The Digital Self - Shanyang Zhao
Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians - Dana Rosenfeld
PART IV – Producing Social Identities and Social Scripts
Essay - Learning the Scene - O'Brien
Socialization & Reference Groups
The Internalization of Society - Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann
Reference Groups as Perspectives - Tamotsu Shibutani
Shades of White - Pamela Perry
Naming Experience and Learning the Routine
Becoming a Marijuana User - Howard Becker
The Development of Feeling Norms Underlying Romantic Love - Robin Simon
PART V – Producing Social Order through Interaction
Essay - Meaning is Negotiated Through Interaction - O'Brien
Projecting the Definition of the Situation
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Goffman
Behavior in Private Places - Joan Emerson
Identity, Work, Stigma and Self Presentation in Interaction
Smell, Odor and Somatic Work - Dennis Waskul and Phillip Vannini
Panhandling Repertoires and Routines for Overcoming the Nonperson Treatment - Stephen E. Lankenau
Being Middle Eastern American - Marvasti
Emotional Labor and Emotional Capital
The Managed Heart - Arlie Hochschild
Shaping the Selves of Young Salespeople through Emotional Labor - David Schweingruber and Nancy Berns
PART VI – The Social Production of Reality
Essay - Building and Breaching Reality - O'Brien
A Theory of Reality
The Machineries of Universe Maintenance - Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann
Five Features of Reality - Hugh Mehan and Houston Wood
A Conception of and Experiments with “Trust” as a Condition of Concerted Stable Actions - Harold Garfinkel
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies - Paul Watzlawick
When Belief Creates Reality - Mark Snyder
The Social Production of the Cultural Status Quo
Consuming Terrorism - David Altheide
Common Knowledge and the Law - Ewick & Sibley
The Social Production of Difference and Inequalities
Status Inequality and Close Relationships - Scott Harris
The Persistence of Gender Inequality in Employment - Cecilia Ridgeway
VII - Social Life is Messy: Ambiguity, Complexity and Contradictions
Essay - Boundaries and Contradictions
Contradictions and Conflict in Self Production
Double Consciousness and the Veil - W.E. B. Du Bois
Wrestling the Angel of Contradiction - O'Brien
Contested Selves in Divorce Proceedings - Hopper
Complexities in Cultural Production
God's Heart has no Borders - Hondagneu-Sotelo
Talking Back - Bell Hooks

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