Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies: The Politics of Interpretation / Edition 1

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Overview

Symbolic interactionism is one of the most enduring - and certainly the most sociological - of all social psychologies. In this landmark work, Norman K. Denzin traces its tortured history from its roots in American pragmatism to its present-day encounter with poststructuralism and postmodernism.

Arguing that if interactionism is to continue to thrive and grow it must incorporate elements of post structural and post-modern theory into its underlying views of history, culture and politics, the author develops a research agenda which merges the interactionist sociological imagination with the critical insights on contemporary feminism and cultural studies.

Norman Denzin's programmatic analysis of symbolic interactionism, which develops a politics of interpretation merging theory and practice, will be welcomed by students and scholars in a wide range of disciplines, from sociology to cultural studies.

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"In this book, Denzin has saved a place for and makes reference to virtually every sociologist working under the rubric of SI today." Joseph A. Kotarba
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557862914
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Series: Twentieth Century Social Theory Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Denzin is Professor of Sociology, Communications and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of numerous books, including Sociological Methods: The Research Act; Interpretive Interactionism; The Recovering Alcoholic; and The Alcoholic Self, which won the Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in 1988. He is the editor of Studies in Symbolic Interaction: A Research Journal and The Sociological Quaterly.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface.

Preface.

1. The Interactionist Heritage.

2. The Interpretive Heritage.

3. Critique and Renewal: Links to Cultural Studies.

4. Enter Cultural Studies.

5. Communications as the Interactionist Problematic.

6. Interactionist Cultural Criticism.

7. Into Politics.

References.

Index.

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