Blue Ribbon Papers: Interactionism: The Emerging Landscape

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Norman K. Denzin
Emerald Group Publishing, May 11, 2011 - Social Science - 250 pages
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Volume 36 of "Studies in Symbolic Interaction" is solely devoted to the "Blue-Ribbon Papers". Nine papers are published in which hotly-contested issues are raised that, even if only resolved partially, could permanently change the future direction of interactional thought. Among the questions addressed are: whether there ever existed a genuine sociological school of thought based on "interactionsim" at the University Chicago, whether Herbert Blumer misinterpreted the major thrust of George Herbert Mead's thought, whether conventional or radical interactionism is the most insightful perspective from which to examine crucial life decisions that are conflict-ridden, whether George Herbert Mead's and George Santayana's perspectives converged with or diverged from one another's and with radical interactionism, whether language develops primarily from the inside out or from the outside in, whether personal economics is mainly responsible for self esteem and the over-all functioning of the self in everyday life, and whether filming constitutes a method of recording data that traditional ethnographers should include in their tool box?
 

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Contents

THE GROWING THREAT OF INTELLECTUAL EXTINCTION
1
REVISITING THE MEADBLUMER CONTROVERSY
17
A POLITICAL INTERPRETATION
39
CHALLENGES FROM CHOMSKYS LINGUISTICS
75
MONEY SIGNS AND THE SOCIAL SELF
107
ENTERING INTO THE DRAMA OF HIS SOCIAL THOUGHT
137
TOWARD A RADICAL INTERACTIONIST READING OF MILLION DOLLAR BABY
161
A HOME IN BRICK CITY
183
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He is Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He won the Charles Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in 1988. In 1997 he was awarded the George Herbert Mead Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

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