Social interaction lies at the heart of our everyday experience. Wemake our way down the street and avoid crashing into others, takeour place in the supermarket queue, take care in the way we talkabout others in conversation, acknowledge the social status ofpeople we meet, and enjoy leisurely pursuits in the company offriends and like-minded others. All these things are fundamentalparts of human sociality that can be discovered and understoodthrough 'sociologies of interaction'.
This book provides an invaluable introduction to the theoreticalfoundations and practical applications of interactionist approachesto everyday life. Beginning with an overview of three coretraditions - symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology andconversation analysis, along with Goffman's work on theinteraction order - the text moves on to examine in detail topicssuch as leisure, work, health and illness, deviance, class, statusand power, education, ethnic relations and gender. Highlighting arange of empirical studies, the book shows how sociologies ofinteraction have the capacity to reframe and make us rethinkconventional social science topics.
This illuminating book will be of interest to undergraduates acrossthe social sciences, particularly in sociology, social psychologyand communication studies, as well as those who have an interest inunderstanding the interactional underpinnings of everyday life.