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The Astructural Bias Charge: Myth or Reality? Vol: 46

Norman K. Denzin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Gil Richard Musolf
Central Michigan University, USA

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02 Aug 2016
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
232 pages - 152 x 229 x 17mm
Studies in Symbolic Interaction


The charge that symbolic interactionism (SI) is impaired by an astructural bias orbits around a number of sociology's core concerns: structure and agency, methodological individualism and methodological holism, the micro-macro link, the proper procedures to conduct research and when to state and how to test hypotheses and, whether interactionism can address structural concerns such as class, race, gender, power, and oppression. The Astructural Bias: Myth or Reality constitutes a collection of outstanding essays by scholars who address the concern of an astructural bias. Chapters explore the nature of social structure and SI's effectiveness in using the concept. This volume is beneficial for contemporary interactionists and their critics, social theorists, and all students of sociology who are interested in assessing the ability of SI to fully address the grave social circumstances and social problems of an increasingly precarious and dangerous world.
The Intellectual Origins of the Debate Over the Astructural Bias - Gil Richard Musolf Ruinous Reification: The Astructural Bias in Symbolic Interactionism - Patrick J. W. McGinty Jane Addams, the Chicago Schools of Sociology, and the Emergence of Symbolic Interaction, 1889-1935 - Mary Jo Deegan Mead’S Field Theory and Its Implications for American Minorities - Norbert Wiley Overcoming Aprocessual Bias in the Study of Inequality: Parsing the Capitalist Interaction Order - Michael Schwalbe Symbolic Interaction and Narrative Productions of Meaning in Public Spaces - Donileen R. Loseke The Persistence of the Power Deficit? Advancing Power Premises in Contemporary Interactionist Theory - Natalia Ruiz-Junco Astructure/Which Structure?: Rethinking “Astructural Bias” in Symbolic Interaction Through Georges Bataille and His Followers - Steve Bailey Final Assessments - Gil Richard Musolf NEW INTERPRETIVE WORKS Alcoholism and the Simpsons: Connecting Symbolic Interactionism and Pastiche - Michael A. Katovich and Sarah Rosenthal Vaughan
Edited by Gil Richard Musolf, Central Michigan University, USA

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