Inside Social Life Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-06-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Now in its seventh edition, this best-selling reader provides an introduction to the sociological study of social psychology, interpersonal interaction, embodiment, emotion, selfhood, inequality, and the politics of everyday realities. Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology presents forty-two selections that include both classic and contemporary theoretical work and empirical studies. Detailed introductions to each part and article identify and explain central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics.

The seventh edition features extended introductions to each of the book's nine parts as well as reflective questions for critical thinking and application at the end of each reading. It also includes ten new readings on such engaging topics as:

* Self-presentation in on-line worlds
* The management of emotion by Mixed Martial Arts fighters
* The bodily labor and discipline expected of fashion models
* The dramaturgical rituals and masculine displays that characterize "girl hunts"
* The reproduction of racial hierarchies in an organization that serves black youth
* Stigma management among mobile home residents
* The justification of divorce by conservative Christian women
* The social construction of family troubles

An Instructor's Resource CD including chapter summaries, key points, and reflective questions and answer guidelines is available for qualified instructors.

Author Biography

Spencer E. Cahill (1949-2006) was Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. The author or editor of four books and numerous articles, he was also editor of Social Psychology Quarterly; associate editor of Symbolic Interaction; and president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Kent Sandstrom is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at North Dakota State University. The recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, he is the co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and author of several books, including Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2013).

Carissa Froyum is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa. She is deputy editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and recipient of the 2011 University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award.

Table of Contents

* = New to the Seventh Edition

Part I: Human Being and Social Reality

1. Sociological Mindfulness, Michael Schwalbe
2. The Social Foundations of Human Experience, Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann
3. Symbols and the Creation of Reality, Kent Sandstrom
4. Islands of Meaning, Eviatar Zerubavel
5. Speed Culture, Simon Gottschalk

Part II: The Social Shaping of Subjective Experience

6. Smell, Odor, and Somatic Work, Dennis D. Waskul and Phillip Vannini
7. Working on Feeling, Arlie Hochschild
*8. Feeling Norms and Romantic Love, Robin Simon, Donna Eder, and Cathy Evans
*9. Managing Emotional Manhood, Christian Vaccaro, Douglas Schrock, and Janice McCabe
10. The Organizational Management of Shame, Daniel D. Martin

Part III: The Social Construction of the Body and Embodiment

11. Becoming a Gendered Body, Karin A. Martin
12. Women and Their Clitoris, Dennis D. Waskul, Phillip Vannini, and Desiree Wiesen
13. Risky Lessons, Jessica Fields
*14. Disciplining Corpulence, Amanda Czerniawski
15. Corporate Logo Tattoos and the Commodification of the Body, Angela Orend and Patricia Gagne

Part IV: The Social Construction of the Self

16. The Self as Sentiment and Reflection, Charles Horton Cooley
17. The Self as Social Structure, George Herbert Mead
18. Young Children's Racial and Ethnic Definitions of Self, Debra Van Ausdale and Joe Feagin
19. Gang-Related Gun Violence and the Self, Paul Stretesky and Mark Pogrebin
20. The Dissolution of the Self, Kenneth J. Gergen

Part V: The Self and Social Interaction

21. The Presentation of Self, Erving Goffman
*22. The Girl Hunt, David Grazian
23. The Gloried Self, Patricia Adler and Peter Adler
*24. The Presentation of Self in Virtual Spaces, Simon Gottschalk

Part VI: The Organization of Social Interaction

25. Face-Work and Interaction Rituals, Erving Goffman
26. The Interaction Order of Public Bathrooms, Spencer Cahill
27. Wheelchair Users' Interpersonal Management of Emotions, Spencer Cahill and Robin Eggleston
*28. Working 'the Code' in the Inner City, Nikki Jones

Part VII: The Construction of Social Structures and Boundaries

29. Society in Action, Hubert Blumer
30. Collective Emotions and Boundary Work among Evangelical Christians, Amy Wilkins
31. Managing Emotions in an Animal Shelter, Arnold Arluke
32. Protecting the Routine from Chaos, Daniel Chambliss

Part VIII: Reproducing and Resisting Inequalities

33. Borderwork Among Boys and Girls, Barrie Thorne
*34. Salvaging Decency, Margarethe Kusenbach
*35. For the Betterment of Kids Who Look Like Me, Carissa Froyum
*36. Escaping Symbolic Entrapment, Maintaining Social Identities, Shane Sharp
37. Doing Gender As Resistance, Chauntelle Anne Tibbals

Part IX: The Politics of Reality

38. The Moral Career of the Mental Patient, Erving Goffman
*39. The Dynamics of Family Trouble, Ara Francis
40. Being Middle Eastern American in the Context of the War on Terror, Amir Marvasti
41. Nazi Doctors in Auschwitz, Robert Jay Lifton
42. Rosa Parks, Collective Forgetting, and the Power of Oneness, Barry Schwartz

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