Interactionism by Paul Anthony Atkinson, William Housley

By Paul Anthony Atkinson, William Housley

'Atkinson and Housley have produced a ebook that could be a very powerfuble, attention-grabbing and worthwhile addition to different paintings within the box. Its specified contribution for me, lies within the exploration of the connection among, and advancements inside of interactionist sociologies' - Sociology

What is symbolic interactionism? This clean and authoritative booklet offers readers with:

· A consultant to the basic pondering, learn and ideas in interactionism

· an illustration of using the interactionist approach

· An explaination of why the interactionist impact has now not been totally said in Britain.

The authors argue that few sociologists in Britain have pointed out themselves with symbolic interactionism, although many have engaged with interactionist rules of their learn and methodological paintings. we're all interactionists now, within the experience that the various key rules of interactionism became a part of the mainstream of sociological idea. at the moment trendy techniques to sociology demonstrate one of those collective amnesia. a great deal of trendy principles which are awarded as 'novel' or 'innovative' simply look so simply because prior contributions - interactionism between them - will not be explicitly stated.

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In other ways, however, the relative neglect of interactionism has meant that current authors have not always paid sufficient attention to the interactionist tradition when locating their own work and searching for inspiration. Cultural and interactionist sociology share common perspectives and commitments, although the affinities are not always clearly apparent. Similarly, recent interests in biographical and autobiographical practices have re-engaged a wider social-science constituency with interactionism.

Its lack of interest in – indeed, its suspicion of – grand systematic theory and its recurrent emphasis on practical sociological research, coupled with its oral transmission in a small number of departments and networks, have often meant a neglect of antecedents. Consequently, Rock argues that it is not always easy to determine precisely the extent and the limits of Simmel’s direct influence on interactionist thought in the development of Chicago sociology. A strong influence is not in doubt, however.

It has remained a key methodological text – though one suspects that it is cited much more frequently than it is read – but is often invoked inappropriately. Glaser and Strauss themselves were not proposing an approach that was restricted exclusively to the analysis of qualitative data. Equally, they were not arguing for a purely inductive approach to data analysis. Sadly, both interpretations have been widely attached to their work. As qualitative research has become increasingly fashionable, and as methodological literatures have burgeoned, Glaser and Strauss have too often been treated as advocating the equivalent of data-dredging in the search for analytic categories.

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