Structure and Agency in Everyday Life outlines the major concepts of interactionism through its leading theoreticians, from William James to Erving Goffman, to contemporary writers. The text underscores the dynamic relationship between the structures or social forces of constraint and humans' ability to act self-reflexively and constitute meaning in their lives through everyday action. The major foci of interactionism-emotions, deviance, childhood socialization, gender, the negotiated order, and the self are covered in-depth. The text presents a history of the interactionist perspective.
Gil Richard Musolf is professor of sociology at Central Michigan University.
Chapter 1 1 Introduction to Symbolic Interactionism Part I 2 Part I: The Social Nature of Human Nature Chapter 2 3 The Social and Ideological Context of Symbolic Interactionism Chapter 3 4 William James and James Mark Baldwin Chapter 4 5 Charles Horton Cooley, W.I. Thomas, and John Dewey Chapter 5 6 George Herbert Mead Part II 7 Part II: Macrosociological Structres Chapter 6 8 Society: The Structural Context of Interaction Chapter 7 9 Structures of Social Interaction Chapter 8 10 Contemporary Conceptions of the Self Chapter 9 11 Mind Part III 12 Part III: Socialization Chapter 10 13 Interactionism and the Child: Cahill, Corsaro, and Denzin on Childhood Socialization Chapter 11 14 Socialization and Emotions Chapter 12 15 Gender and Power Part IV 16 Part IV: Deviance Chapter 13 17 The Interactionist Conception of Deviance Chapter 14 18 Conclusion