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'Atkinson and Housley have produced a book that is a very competent, interesting and useful addition to other work in the field. Its distinctive contribution for me, lies in the exploration of the relationship between, and developments within interactionist sociologies' - Sociology What is symbolic interactionism? This refreshing and authoritative book provides readers with: * A guide to the essential thinking, research and concepts in interactionism * A demonstration of the use of the interactionist approach * An explaination of why the interactionist influence has not been fully acknowledged in Britain. The authors argue that few sociologists in Britain have identified themselves with symbolic interactionism, even though many have engaged with interactionist ideas in their research and methodological work. We are all interactionists now, in the sense that many of the key ideas of interactionism have become part of the mainstream of sociological thought. Currently fashionable approaches to sociology display a kind of collective amnesia. A good deal of today's ideas that are presented as 'novel' or 'innovative' only appear so because earlier contributions - interactionism among them - are not explicitly acknowledged.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761962700
ISBN-10: 0761962700
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul Anthony Atkinson

Paul Atkinson is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Recent books include Creating Conditions (with Katie Featherstone), Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography, and Contours of Culture (with Sara Delamont and William Housley). He is currently conducting ethnographic work in art-makers' studios. His most recent book is For Ethnography (SAGE, 2014). He and Sara Delamont were the founding editors of Qualitative Research, which they edited for 14 years. Together with Sara Delamont, Amanda Coffey, John Lofland and Lyn Lofland, he edited the Sage Handbook of Ethnography. He will be editor-in-chief, with Sara Delamont, Melissa Hardy and Malcolm Williams, of the SAGE Encyclopaedia of Research Methods. William Housley () is a Reader in Sociology in the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He is Chief Investigator (CI) on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Digital Social Research (DSR) project Digital Social Research Tools, Tension Indicators and Safer Communities: A Demonstration of the Cardiff Online Social Media ObServatory (COSMOS) and CI on the COSMOS JISC project focussing on computational social informatics using text mining and network analysis techniques to address social science research questions. His research interests include digital social science, ethnomethodology, interactionism, social media analytics, social research methods and the sociology of making and manufacture ().

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