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Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists Vol: 44

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13 Mar 2015
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
216 pages - 152 x 229 x 15mm
Studies in Symbolic Interaction


The papers in this volume were presented in at the third conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI). The theme of the 2012 conference was "Conflict, Cooperation and Transformation in Everyday Life." The fifteen papers presented across this volume and volume 45 cover a diverse range of topics, which are divided into two main categories: 'Reflections on Methods' and 'Conflict and Cooperation', this volume focuses on the former. The central issue of the first four papers is how we navigate our emotional, analytical and political selves in the social worlds that we study. How do we relate to those we observe and interview? How do we deal with issues of power, suffering and politics? The following three papers provide a critical analysis of Geertz' 'Thick Description', perspectives on obesity in modern society and an analysis of the relationship between police officers and licensed marijuana coffeeshop owners in Rotterdam. Contributing authors to this volume and the next come from Belgium, Canada, Sweden, The US, The Netherlands and Germany, suggesting the thriving diversity of European SSSI in terms of its research themes and methods.
‘You Are Not from Around Here, Are You’: Getting Othered in Participant Observation. Knowledge-Making and its Politics in Conflict Regions: Doing Research in Israel/Palestine. An Observation Situation: When the Researcher’s Scenes Interact. Deeper Play: Geertz’s “Thick Description” and a Balinese Temple Ritual (the Odalan). Obesity as Disease and Deviance: Risk and Morality in Early 21st Century. Moral Entrepreneurship Revisited: Police Officers Monitoring Cannabis Retailers in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Embodying the Postmodern Self: Ecstatic Ritual as a New Mode of Youth Identity Work. Mission Impossible: Not Getting Emotionally Involved in Research among Vulnerable Youth in South Africa. Copyright page. Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Reflections on Methods. Volume Editor’s Introduction: The Diversity of Symbolic Interaction in Europe. List of Contributors. Studies in symbolic interaction. Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Reflections on Methods. Series editor’s introduction. About the Authors.

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