Carl J. Couch and the Iowa School: In His Own Words and In Reflection Vol: 49

Michael A. Katovich
Texas Christian University, USA

Product Details
11 Sep 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
208 pages - 152 x 229mm
Studies in Symbolic Interaction


In this new volume of Studies in Symbolic Interaction Carl J. Couch’s (1925-1994) memoir The Romance of Discovery, which has lain unpublished for thirty years, is published in full for the first time. Couch, one of the co-founders of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, reflects on his work that influenced a generation of scholars and created a novel perspective known as the new Iowa School of Symbolic Interaction. His memoir describes the joy of establishing synergetic connections and the pain of the political struggles associated with the establishment of this school of thought. It offers a frank, proud yet humble, unapologetic description of a scholar’s journey, from a successful research to a founder of a school of thought. It provides a readable and valuable ‘moral tale’ of how research is not only a social act, but charged with political and conflictual dynamics as well. 

Edited and set in context by Michael A. Katovich, the volume also includes Couch’s unpublished essay ‘Forms of Social Processes’ which sets out a theory of his methodology. Friends and colleagues offer their personal reflections on their relationship with Couch, and the volume concludes with a unique selected bibliography on new Iowa School works.
Introduction: From Galileo Galilei to Carl Couch: Paradigm Shifts as Power Struggles, by Michael A. Katovich and Shing Ling Chen 

Part 1: The Romance of Discovery; Carl J. Couch 
1, Backdrop 
2, CRIB 
3, The Seminar 
4, The Breakthrough 
5, Indifference 
6, The Fate of the Breakthrough 
7, Harassing the Deviants 
8, Some Reflections 

Part 2: Social Scientific Foundations of Discovery 
Forms of Social Processes; Carl J. Couch  

Part 3: Reflections 
Pheasant Hunting 
Best Period of My Life 
Used Car Salesman 
Piss-n-Vinegar Grad Student 
Unvarnished Invitation 
Straightforward Honest Approach 
First Meeting 
My Early Days with Carl 

Selected Bibliography on the Iowa School
Michael A Katovich is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and formerly was President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He has published widely on drug and alcohol use, death and dying and social psychology and his work uses a conceptual framework derived from the Iowa School of Symbolic Interaction

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