Symbolic interactionism, resolutely empirical in practice, shares theoretical concerns with cultural studies and humanistic discourse. Recognizing that the humanities have engaged many of the important intellectual currents of the last twenty-five years in ways that sociology has not, the contributors to this volume fully acknowledge that the boundary between the social sciences and the humanities has begun to dissolve. This challenging volume explores that border area.
Howard S. Becker has made major contributions to the sociology of deviance, sociology of art, and sociology of music. He has also written extensively on the practice of sociology. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was also an instructor in sociology and social sciences. He became professor of sociology at Northwestern University, where he taught for twenty-five years. When he retired from active teaching he was a professor of sociology and an adjunct professor of music at the University of Washington. He lives and works in San Francisco and Paris.
1 Introduction, Michal M. McCall and Howard S. Becker 2 Social Interaction, Culture, and Historical Studies, John R. Hall 3 The Good News about Life History, Michal M. McCall and Judith Wittner 4 Studying Religion in the Eighties, Mary Jo Neitz 5 Why Philosophers Should Become Sociologists (and Vice Versa), Kathryn Pyne Addelson 6 Art Worlds: Developing the Interactionist Approach to Social Organization, Samuel Gilmore 7 Symbolic Interactionism in Social Studies of Science, Adele E. Clarke and Elihu M. Gerson 8 Fit for Postmodern Selfhood, Barry Glassner 9 People Are Talking: Conversation Analysis and Symbolic Interaction, Deirdre Boden