Category Archives: Ethnographic Methods

Morel Tales: the culture of mushrooming

I did not realise the culture of mushrooming in the USA was such a very social activity. But looking up http://minnesotamycologicalsociety.org confirms that it is. Nor did I fully understand that searching for mushrooms was so intensely cooperative. I have only ever … Continue reading

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Towards Interactionist Housing Sociology

It was my Housing Studies article “Defining Housing Reality” (1988) that encouraged me to work on an empirical interactionist study. The full reference and the Abstract are: 1988 “Defining housing reality: ideological hegemony and power in housing research” Housing Studies … Continue reading

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Taxi-Dance Hall: an annotated bibliography

Paul Goalby Cressey The Taxi-Dance Hall: a sociological study of commercialized Recreation & City Life University of Chicago Press, (1932, Paperback Edition 2008). History: The Taxi-Dance Hall was popular during the 1920s and 1930s in America. It was so-called because Halls were … Continue reading

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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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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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