The Production of Reality; Essays and Readings on Social Interaction

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-10-28
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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This popular text/reader has been distinguished by the engaging essays that introduce the major parts of the book, and a wide-ranging, eclectic set of essays that students enjoy as they are introduced to the major theories, concepts and perspectives in contemporary social psychology.The principles which explain how we, as individuals, come to know and define ourselves in society can seem abstract and dry to the typical undergraduate. But when these theories are explained or told through stories and narrativesthey are fascinating. That is exactly what this book does.

Table of Contents

Essay - What is Real?
Islands of Meaning
Reality as a Collective Hunch
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Researching Social Life
Truth, Objectivity and Agreement
Perspective in Social Science
Humans Are Symbol Using Creatures
Essay - Shared Meaning in the Foundation of Humanness
Symbol Use, Language and Development
A Clue to the Nature of Man
Yes, Father, Sister - Sacks
Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation
Categorization, Language and Culture
Metaphors We Live By
Racism in the English Language
Producing Social Selves
Essay - Who Am I? Developing Character
The Self as Process of Interaction
Looking Glass Self
The Self, the I, and the Me
Significant Others and Self Development
A Theory of Genius
Sissy Boy, Progressive Parents
Self and Social Context
The Digital Self
Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians
Producing Social Identities and Social Scripts
Essay - Learning the Scene
Socialization & Reference Groups
The Internalization of Society
Reference Groups as Perspectives
Shades of White
Naming Experience and Learning the Routine
Becoming a Marijuana User
The Development of Feeling Norms Underlying Romantic Love
Producing Social Order through Interaction
Essay - Meaning is Negotiated Through Interaction
Projecting the Definition of the Situation
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Behavior in Private Places
Identity, Work, Stigma and Self Presentation in Interaction
Smell, Odor and Somatic Work
Panhandling Repertoires and Routines for Overcoming the Nonperson Treatment
Being Middle Eastern American - Marvasti
Emotional Labor and Emotional Capital
The Managed Heart
Shaping the Selves of Young Salespeople through Emotional Labor
The Social Production of Reality
Essay - Building and Breaching Reality
A Theory of Reality
The Machineries of Universe Maintenance
Five Features of Reality
A Conception of and Experiments with "Trust" as a Condition of Concerted Stable Actions
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
When Belief Creates Reality
The Social Production of the Cultural Status Quo
Consuming Terrorism
Common Knowledge and the Law
The Social Production of Difference and Inequalities
Status Inequality and Close Relationships
The Persistence of Gender Inequality in Employment
Social Life is Messy: Ambiguity, Complexity and Contradictions
Essay - Boundaries and Contradictions
Contradictions and Conflict in Self Production
Double Consciousness and the Veil
Wrestling the Angel of Contradiction
Contested Selves in Divorce Proceedings
Complexities in Cultural Production
God's Heart has no Borders
Talking Back
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