Tag Archives: Robert Prus

Chicago Sociology Includes Symbolic Interactionism

Posted on September 23, 2011 in jimsresearchnotes Thomas Theorem: “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences” W. I. Thomas, 1928 The Second Chicago School of Sociology is little known in urban studies. To be more accurate, Robert Park and Ernest Burgess and others – notably Louis Wirth and Herbert … Continue reading

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Robert Prus on The New (Constructionist) Sociology of Science

In Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research (pp. 94-98, 1996) Robert Prus examines the Sociology of Science that Mike Mulkay pioneered. Originating in the work of Robert Merton (1957, 1973) and Thomas Kuhn (1962), Mulkay developed a post-Mertonian sociology of Science. … 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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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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Ways of “doing” Symbolic Interactionist Research

In situ research or ‘doing’ whatever situated activity of everyday life is being researched involves the researchers immersing themselves into the situated activity in question. It is a particular approach to research that interactionists have made their own. Prus is … Continue reading

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Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research

This post’s title is also the title of a book by Professor Robert Prus, Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada. Its full title is Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research: Intersubjectivity and the Study of Human Lived Experience (State University of New York Press, 1996). … Continue reading

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