Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology by Spencer CahillInside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology by Spencer Cahill

Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology

bySpencer Cahill, Kent Sandstrom, Carissa Froyum

Paperback | June 26, 2013

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This is an anthology for the social psychology course that is taught out of sociology (not psychology). It provides an introduction to the field, and covers topics such as interpersonal interaction, social construction, and the social shaping of human experience in our everyday lives. Itincludes both classic and contemporary theoretical work as well as empirical studies. Detailed introductions to each part and articles identify and explain central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics.
The late Spencer Cahill was Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Kent Sandstrom is Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at North Dakota State University. Carissa Froyum is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo, IA.
Title:Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and MicrosociologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

*Denotes chapters and introductions new to the Seventh Edition.IntroductionUse of the SelectionsAbout the ContributorsPart I: Human Being and Social RealityIntroduction *1. Michael Schwalbe: Sociological MindfulnessAn engaging discussion of how people can benefit from practicing sociological mindfulness.2. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann: The Social Foundations of Human ExperienceBerger and Luckmann's classic statement about how people socially construct and maintain reality and how it shapes individuals' experiences of the world and themselves.3. Kent Sandstrom: Symbols and the Creation of RealityA description of how symbols organize people's perceptions and definitions of "reality" and thus guide their actions and interactions.4. Eviatar Zerubavel: Islands of MeaningAn examination of how individuals socially carve up reality into discrete categories of experience, or islands of meaning.5. Simon Gottschalk: Speed CultureAn analysis of how TV commercials promote the virtues of speed and present it as a normal and essential feature of everyday life in postmodern societies.Part II: The Social Shaping of Subjective ExperienceIntroduction *6. Dennis D. Waskul and Phillip Vannini: Smell, Odor, and Somatic WorkThis study highlights how our sense of smell is informed and shaped by social meanings and expectations.7. Arlie Hochschild: Working on FeelingHochschild's groundbreaking account of how emotion is informed and shaped by socially shared feeling rules.8. Robin Simon, Donna Eder, and Cathy Evans: Feeling Norms and Romantic Love *An analysis of the feeling rules that govern the experience and expression of romantic love among adolescent girls.9. Christian Vaccaro, Douglas Schrock, and Janice McCabe: Managing Emotional Manhood *An examination of the strategies that Mixed Martial Arts fighters use to manage their fears, intimidate their opponents, and display their "manhood."10. Daniel D. Martin: The Organizational Management of ShameMartin demonstrates how three different appearance organizations define the reality of obesity and help their members to understand, manage, or confront the shame evoked by their bodies.Part III: The Social Construction of the Body and EmbodimentIntroduction *11. Karin A. Martin: Becoming a Gendered BodyThis study illustrates how the everyday practices of preschools teach children how to embody and perpetuate gender differences.12. Dennis D. Waskul, Phillip Vannini, and Desiree Wiesen: Women and Their ClitorisAn examination of how women's discovery and interpretation of the clitoris is informed by broader social discourses as well as by bodily sensations.13. Jessica Fields: Risky LessonsFields reveals the formal and hidden lessons that children learn through sex education classes, especially regarding what they should seek and avoid in the realm of sexuality.14. Amanda Czerniawski: Disciplining Corpulence *Czerniawski chronicles the extensive bodily labor that "plus-sized" models must perform to sustain the physical appearance demanded by their employers.15. Angela Orend and Patricia Gagne: Corporate Logo Tattoos and the Commodification of the BodyAn analysis of how people use corporate logo tattoos to convey personal meanings while, at the same time, collaborating in a form of "branding" that commodifies their bodies.Part IV: The Social Construction of the SelfIntroduction *16. Charles Horton Cooley: The Self as Sentiment and ReflectionThis is the classic statement of Cooley's theory of the "looking glass self."17. The Self as Social StructureMead's analysis of the social origins and character of the self inspired the development of a distinctively sociological psychology.18. Debra Van Ausdale and Joe Feagin: Young Children's Racial and Ethnic Definitions of SelfA detailed observational study of preschool age children's racial and ethnic definitions of themselves and others.19. Paul Stretesky and Mark Pogrebin: Gang-Related Gun Violence and the SelfAn examination of how gangs serve as important agents of socialization that shape their members' self-images, particularly by linking them to expressions of toughness, masculinity, and violence.20. Kenneth J. Gergen: The Dissolution of the SelfGergen argues that the varied and constantly changing experiences of contemporary social life encourage a fragmented and fluctuating sense of self.Part V: The Self and Social InteractionIntroduction *21. Erving Goffman: The Presentation of SelfGoffman's classic analysis of the theatrical character of everyday social life.22. David Grazian: The Girl Hunt *A portrayal of the dramaturgical teamwork and rituals that young, heterosexual men engage in as they present masculine selves and search for sexual partners.23. Patricia Adler and Peter Adler: The Gloried SelfThis study considers how some college basketball players' definitions of self are transformed by celebrity.24. Simon Gottschalk: The Presentation of Self in Virtual Spaces *An examination of how people construct and present avatar-based selves in the online world known as Second Life.Part VI: The Organization of Social InteractionIntroduction *25. Erving Goffman: Face-Work and Interaction RitualsGoffman explains that individuals engage in ritual patterns of interaction so as not to tarnish their own or others' social reputations.26. Spencer Cahill: The Interaction Order of Public BathroomsAn examination of routine behavior in public bathrooms that illustrates many of the dramatic and ritual elements of everyday interaction.27. Spencer Cahill and Robin Eggleston: Wheelchair Users' Interpersonal Management of EmotionsThis study of wheelchair users' public interactions shows how the emotional orderliness of everyday interaction depends on individuals' management of their own and others' emotions.28. Nikki Jones: Working 'the Code' in the Inner City *An examination of how "the code of the street" shapes the interactions and self-conceptions of young women in urban neighborhoods.Part VII: The Construction of Social Structures and BoundariesIntroduction *29. Hubert Blumer: Society in ActionBlumer's general discussion of relationships among social structures, interactions, and definitions is a classic statement of the sociological perspective he named as symbolic interactionism.30. Amy Wilkins: Collective Emotions and Boundary Work among Evangelical ChristiansWilkins reveals how an Evangelical Christian organization manages the emotions of its members, particularly by emphasizing happiness and using it to create a symbolic boundary between Christians and non-Christians.31. Arnold Arluke: Managing Emotions in an Animal ShelterA study of workers in an animal "kill shelter" that illustrates how socialization encourages the reproduction of social structures and institutions.32. Daniel Chambliss: Protecting the Routine from ChaosThis study illustrates the strategies that nurses use to preserve a sense of order in the face of the disruptive and chaotic events that can take place in a hospital.Part VIII: Reproducing and Resisting InequalitiesIntroduction *33. Barrie Thorne: Borderwork Among Boys and GirlsThorne draws upon her observation of elementary school children to demonstrate how girls and boys create, sustain, and reinforce beliefs about and divisions between the sexes.34. Margarethe Kusenbach: Salvaging Decency *An illustration of the strategies mobile home residents employ to counteract stigma and how these strategies reproduce the stereotypes that others use to demean them35. Carissa Froyum: For the Betterment of Kids Who Look Like Me *An analysis of a youth service agency in which white administrators and volunteers expected and policed "professionalism" among black youth workers in ways that reinforced racial hierarchy.36. Shane Sharp: Escaping Symbolic Entrapment, Maintaining Social Identities *Sharp demonstrates how conservative Christian women who were abused by their husbands develop vocabularies of their motives that allow them to divorce yet retain their conservative Christian identity.37. Chauntelle Anne Tibbals: Doing Gender As ResistanceTibbals shows how waitresses "do gender" to resist conformity, servility, and routinization in different types of restaurant settings.Part IX: The Politics of RealityIntroduction38. Erving Goffman: The Moral Career of the Mental PatientGoffman takes the perspective of mental patients in this classic study of their lives before and after hospitalization.39. Ara Francis: The Dynamics of Family Trouble *Francis demonstrates how and when disruptions of family life become defined as "troubles" and provoke shifts in relationships, roles, and self-images.40. Amir Marvasti: Being Middle Eastern American in the Context of the War on TerrorMarvasti draws on in-depth interviews and his personal experiences to demonstrate how Middle Eastern Americans experience and manage stigma in post-9/11 America.41. Robert Jay Lifton: Nazi Doctors in AuschwitzThis study examines how the socially constructed reality of Nazi ideology and the socialization processes in the Auschwitz concentration camp induced doctors to participate in mass murder.42. Barry Schwartz: Rosa Parks, Collective Forgetting, and the Power of OnenessSchwartz uses the case of Rosa Parks to demonstrate how people selectively remember the "reality" of historical events and the importance of individuals who took part in those events.