Monthly Archives: March 2015

On Methodology in Street Corner Society

One of the most exciting aspects of Street Corner Society is not directly about crime and its relation to Prohibition, fascinating as that has been, but about the methods Whyte used to bring out the relationship between individual and society … Continue reading

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Street Corner Society

This book cannot be described as a symbolic interactionist study as the perspective did not exist in 1943 when the first edition was published. But it has become something of a classic in terms of the way criminality reacts to … Continue reading

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Examples of Ethnographic Research: Introduction

In looking at particular case studies of ethnographic research I want to give a sense of the richness and variety of the symbolic interactionist tradition of empirical research in urban sociology. It is a tradition that, with the very one-sided … Continue reading

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Symbolic Interaction and Power: structure versus agency

Symbolic Interaction and Power: structure vs agency (First published in jimsresearchnotes 17 Dec 2009). This is part 9 in a series of research notes on Structure vs Agency in urban research The heritage of the Gouldner critique One of the most … Continue reading

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The Micro-Macro Distinction in Sociology: a symbolic interactionist approach

First Published in jimsresearchnotes 15 May 2012 This was the title of a manuscript I tried to get published as a book. I can’t remember which publisher I sent it to, but it was turned down.  Although the title was the same as … Continue reading

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An Interactionist Approach to Macro Sociology

An early version of this paper was published in jimsresearchnotes 5 April 2012 When I resigned from my lectureship at Aberdeen University to go to Minnesota it was to do a dissertation that was going to be a study of … Continue reading

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Gary Alan Fine

Apart from the year I spent at Minnesota University, I have never known or met a senior U.S. symbolic interactionist until 2003, when Gary Alan Fine had a visiting fellowship at SCASSS. I invited him to come to Uppsala Sociology to … Continue reading

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