Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies: The Politics of Interpretation

Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies: The Politics of Interpretation

Author(s): Norman K. Denzin

Published Online: 16 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781557862914

Online ISBN: 9780470698969

DOI: 10.1002/9780470698969

About this Book

Symbolic 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.

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