The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction / Edition 6

The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction / Edition 6

by Jodi O'Brien
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The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction / Edition 6

A one-of-a-kind social psychology book that inspires readers to be awake in the world.

In this new, Sixth Edition, Jodi O’Brien continues to explore the historical development of the concept of the self, and help readers see the patterns we use to make sense of our own lives. The book introduces the major theories, concepts, and perspectives of contemporary social psychology in a uniquely engaging manner. Compelling original essays that provide an overarching framework are followed by a wide-ranging set of readings. By grounding social psychology in student experiences and explaining theories through stories and narratives, this one-of-a-kind book helps students understand the forces that shape their feelings, thoughts, and actions.

Contributor to the SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452217833
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/10/2016
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 320,798
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jodi O’Brien is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at Seattle University. She is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and co-editor of the “Contemporary Sociological Perspectives” book series. Her books include The Production of Reality, Social Prisms, and Everyday Inequalities. Her courses and research focus on difference, power and discrimination, and religion and sexuality.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
Essay: What Is Real? - Jodi O'Brien
Essay: The Nature of Humanness - Jodi O'Brien
Essay: Perspectives on Social Behavior - Jodi O'Brien
Reality as a Collective Hunch
Reading 1: Islands of Meaning - Eviatar Zeruavel
Reading 2: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe - Jane Wagner
Reading 3: Truth, Objectivity and Agreement - Earl Babbie
Reading 4: Strange Creatures: The Meme Machine - Susan Blackmore
Part II: Language and Self-Awareness
Essay: Shared Meaning as the Basis of Humanness - Jodi O'Brien
Symbol Use, Language, and Development
Reading 5: That Powerful Drop - Langston Hughes
Reading 6: A Clue to the Nature Of Man: The Symbol - Ernst Cassirer
Reading 7: Yes, Father, Sister - Oliver Sacks
Reading 8: Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation - Kingsley Davis
Categorization and Culture
Reading 9: Mindfulness and Mindlessness - Ellen Langer
Reading 10: Metaphors We Live By - George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
Reading 11: A Person Paper on Purity in Language - Douglas Hofstadter
Part III: Producing Social Identities and Social Scripts
Essay: Learning the Script: Socialization - Jodi O'Brien
Socialization & Reference Groups
Reading 12: The Self, the I, and the Me - George Herbert Mead
Reading 13: Socialization: The Internalization of Society - Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann
Reading 14: Reference Groups as Perspectives - Tamotsu Shibutani
Reading 15: Shades of White - Pamela Perry
Reading 16: "We Don't Sleep Around Like White Girls Do" - Yen Espiritu
Naming Feeling and Experience
Reading 17: Becoming a Marijuana User - Howard Becker
Reading 18: The Development of Feeling Norms Underlying Romantic Love Among Adolescent Females - Robin Simon, Donna Eder, and Cathy Evans
Part IV: Producing Social Selves
Essay: Who Am I? Developing Character - Jodi O'Brien
Essay: Self as a Process of Contradictions and Conflict - Jodi O'Brien
Significant Others and Self Development
Reading 19: Looking-Glass Self - Charles Horton Cooley
Reading 20: A Theory of Genius - Thomas Scheff
Reading 21: Trans-kin undoing and re-doing gender: Negotiating Relational Identity Among Friends and Family of Transgender Persons - Cameron Whitley
Self and Social Context
Reading 22: Korean Adoptees and the Social Context of Ethnic Exploration - Jiannbin Lee Shiao and Mia H. Tuan
Reading 23: Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians - Dana Rosenfeld
Contradictions and Conflict in Self Production
Reading 24: Double Consciousness and the Veil - W.E.B. DuBois
Reading 25: Wrestling the Angel of Contradiction: Queer Christian Identities - Jodi O'Brien
Reading 26: Life as the Maid's Daughter - Mary Romero
Part V: Producing Social Life through Interaction
Essay: Meaning Is Negotiated through Interaction - Jodi O'Brien
Projecting the Definition of the Situation
Reading 27: The Presentation fo Self in Everyday Life: Selections - Erving Goffman
Reading 28: Establishing the Scene in Steampunk Live Action Role-Play - Mark Cohan
Reading 29: Death as Theater: A Dramaturgical Reading of the American Funeral - Ronny E. Turner and Charles Edgely
Reading 30: "Precarious Situations" in a Strip Club: Exotic Dancers and the Problem of Reality Maintenance - Kari Lerum
Self Presentation and Identity Work
Reading 31: The Practice of Headscarf Adoption among American College Girls - Mustafa E. Gurbuz and Gulsum Gurbuz-Kucuksari
Reading 32: In Pursuit of the 'Real Deal': Accomplishing Gender Among Transgender Inmates in Prisons for Men - Valerie Jenness and Sarah Fenstermaker
Emotional Labor, Stigma, and Resistance
Reading 33: The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling - Arlie Hochschild
Reading 34: Panhandling Repetoires and Routines for Overcoming the Nonperson Treatment - Stephen E. Lankenau
Reading 35: Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance - Victor Rios
Part VI: The Social Production of Reality
Essay: Building and Breaching Reality - Jodi O'Brien
A Theory of Reality
Reading 36: Five Features of Reality - Hugh Mehan and Houston Wood
Reading 37: A Conception of and Experiments with "Trust" as a Condition of Concerted Stable Actions - Harold Garfinkel
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Reading 38: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies - Paul Watzlawick
Reading 39: Nonverbal Mediation of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Interracial Interaction - Carol O. Word, Mark P. Zanna, and Joel Cooper
The Social Production of the Cultural Status Quo
Reading 40: Coming Home to Friendly Fire - Victor Ray
Reading 41: The Persistence of Gender Inequality in Employment Settings - Cecilia Ridgeway
The Social Production of Change
Reading 42: Discovering "Truth" - Thomas DeGloma
Reading 43: Take Your Good Friday to the Streets - Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Reading 44: Talking Back - bell hooks
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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