'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.
Paul Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University. His current interest is the work of artists and craft workers. His books include Thinking Ethnographically (SAGE, 2017), For Ethnography (SAGE, 2014), Everyday Arias (AltaMira, 2006), Interactionism (coauthored with William Housley; SAGE, 2003), Key Themes in Qualitative Research (coauthored with Amanda Coffey and Sara Delamount; AltaMira, 2003). He and Sara Delamont were the founding editors of the journal Qualitative Research (SAGE). He coedited the SAGE Handbook of Ethnography (2001). He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. 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 ().
Introduction Interactionism in Perspective We Were Never Interactionists The Practical Morality of Types Moral Careers Learning and Becoming Questions of Method We Are All Interactionists Now Epilogue