Structure and Agency in Everyday Life: An Introduction to Social Psychology

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - 353 pages
Structure and Agency in Everyday Life is the only social interacionist text that emphasizes in all aspects of everyday life the tension between social constraints and social transformation. This second edition greatly expands the discussion of the relationship between structure and agency and coverage of the role of human emotions. Unique also is the text's review of the social and ideological context in which symbolic interactionism arose: the nature/nurture debate, the rise of corporate capitalism, and the decline of social Darwinism. It explores contemporary interactionism under the rubrics of society, self, and mind, highlighting Erving Goffman's work. New also is a comparison and contrast between "personality" and "self" as explanatory concepts for understanding social behavior. New in this edition 1. The Structure and Agency perspective greatly expanded. 2. More on race, gender, power, and ideology and discourse. 3. New coverage of Phatic Communication. 4. More on the history of personality, sources of decline of personality, challenges to personality concept and theory, and role-taking.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Symbolic Interactionism
The Social Nature of Human Nature
11
The Social and Ideological Context of Symbolic Interactionism
13
William James and James Mark Baldwin
23
Charles Horton Cooley W I Thomas and John Dewey
47
George Herbert Mead
69
Macrosociological Structures
93
Society The Structural Context of Interaction
95
Socialization
197
Interactionism and the Child Cahill Corsaro and Denzin on Childhood Socialization
199
Socialization and Emotions
219
Gender and Power
243
Deviance
273
The Interactionist Conception of Deviance
275
Conclusion
303
References
309

The Structures of Social Interaction
115
Contemporary Conceptions of the Social Self
153
Mind
183

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Gil Richard Musolf is professor of sociology at Central Michigan University.

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