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Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies. The Politics of Interpretation. Twentieth Century Social Theory

  • ID: 2246892
  • Book
  • May 1992
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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Series Editor′s Preface.


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.



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Norman K. Denzin
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