DescriptionSymbolic interactionism is one of the most enduring - and certainly the most sociological - of all social psychologies. In this landmark work, Norman K. Denzin traces its tortured history from its roots in American pragmatism to its present-day encounter with poststructuralism and postmodernism.
Arguing that if interactionism is to continue to thrive and grow it must incorporate elements of post structural and post-modern theory into its underlying views of history, culture and politics, the author develops a research agenda which merges the interactionist sociological imagination with the critical insights on contemporary feminism and cultural studies.
Norman Denzin's programmatic analysis of symbolic interactionism, which develops a politics of interpretation merging theory and practice, will be welcomed by students and scholars in a wide range of disciplines, from sociology to cultural studies.
1. The Interactionist Heritage.
2. The Interpretive Heritage.
3. Critique and Renewal: Links to Cultural Studies.
4. Enter Cultural Studies.
5. Communications as the Interactionist Problematic.
6. Interactionist Cultural Criticism.
7. Into Politics.
- This is the first complete history of symbolic interactionism
- Presents a landmark case for the contemporary relevance of interactionism.