Monthly Archives: February 2015

Caroline Sutton on Swedish Alcohol Discourse

This was one of my favourite disputations in the role of Discussant, held on 6 June 1998. Her Dissertation advisor was Tom R. Burns. Caroline Sutton now lives and works in Norway in a publishing company she co-founded called Co-Action … Continue reading

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Alcohol Research: Joseph Gusfield

Gusfield’s book Symbolic Crusade: status politics and the American Temperance Movement Urbana University of Illinois Press (1963) was to set the tone for future research. It became more symbolic interactionist with time. His article just five years after publication “Moral Passage: the symbolic … Continue reading

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Urban Life: a symbolic interactionist journal

This post traces the history of the emergence of symbolic interactionism as a distinct discipline. This involved the struggle to define its subject in such a way that did not involve becoming submerged in positivist research in urban studies. It … Continue reading

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The Great Society

This touches on a wider related matter, the distinction between the use of indoor relief in contrast to outdoor relief. The latter was otherwise known as the Speenhamland system, of the late 18th and rely 19th centuries: aid for the rural poor … Continue reading

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