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Inner Lives and Social Worlds

Readings in Social Psychology

Edited by James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium

Publication Date - 08 August 2002

ISBN: 9780195147278

608 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches

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Inner lives and social worlds are commonly viewed as separate yet equally important domains of experience. Inner lives comprise our personal, interior spaces--our selves, identities, feelings, thoughts, and motives. From this standpoint, "in here" is where we find "who we really are." Social worlds are "out there"; they are the external influences that shape who we are.
Inner Lives and Social Worlds challenges the stark distinction between "in here" and "out there." Offering a sociological approach to social psychology, it focuses on social interaction as the foundation of everyday life. From this perspective, both inner lives and social worlds are constructed through everyday social interaction and are therefore always connected to one another. Inner Lives and Social Worlds presents an exciting collection of readings that clearly demonstrate the way that these realms are intertwined. Drawing upon classic and contemporary material, it shows how the self, identity, mind, emotions, and motives--all landmark features of inner lives--are inextricably bound to social worlds. The social worlds of race and ethnicity, gender, age, family life, and personal troubles are highlighted in lively, compelling selections. The readings have been specifically chosen to be accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students of social psychology.

Table of Contents

    Each section opens with "About the Readings" and closes with "Further Reading"
    Section 1. Interaction in Everyday Life
    1. Cornerville and Its People, William Foote Whyte
    2. The Sociology of Everyday Life, Jack D. Douglas
    3. Five Features of Reality, Hugh Mehan and Houston Wood
    Section 2. Language and Communication
    4. Meaning and Social Interaction, George Herbert Mead
    5. Society as Symbolic Interaction, Herbert Blumer
    6. Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
    7. Categories in Discourse, Jonathan Potter and Margaret Wetherell
    Section 3. The Work of Social Interaction
    8. The Definition of the Situation, W.I. Thomas
    9. Teamwork, Erving Goffman
    10. Behavior in Private Places: Sustaining Definitions of Reality in Gynecological Examinations, Joan P. Emerson
    Section 1. Selves and Identities
    11. The Me and the I, William James
    12. The Looking-Glass Self, Charles Horton Cooley
    13. The Self, George Herbert Mead
    14. The Presentation of Self, Erving Goffman
    15. Salvaging the Self, David A. Snow and Leon Anderson
    16. Victims, Villains, and Talk Show Selves, Kathleen S. Lowney and James A. Holstein
    Section 2. Mind
    17. The Locus of Mind, George Herbert Mead
    18. The Social Preservation of Mind: The Alzheimer's Disease Experience, Jaber F. Gubrium
    19. Understanding Dogs: Caretakers' Attributions of Mindedness in Canine-Human Relationships, Clinton R. Sanders
    Section 3. Emotions
    20. Emotion Work, Arlie Russell Hochschild
    21. The Development of Feeling Norms Underlying Romantic Love Among Adolescent Females, Robin W. Simon, Donna Eder, and Cathy Evans
    Section 4. Motives
    22. On Motive, John Dewey
    23. Situated Actions and Vocabularies of Motive, C. Wright Mills
    24. The Rhetoric of Motives in Divorce, Joseph Hopper
    Section 5. Competence
    25. Constructing Competence, James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium
    26. The Social Construction of Unreality: A Case Study of a Family's Attribution of Competence to a Severely Retarded Child, Melvin Pollner and Lynn McDonald-Wikler
    Section 6. The Body and the Physical Self
    27. Narratives of the Gendered Body in Popular Autobiography, Mary M. Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen
    28. Who Do I Look Like? Gaining a Sense of Self-Authenticity Through the Physical Reflections of Others, Karen March
    29. "I Hate My Voice": Coming to Terms with Minor Bodily Stigmas, Carolyn Ellis
    Section 1. Worlds of Race and Ethnicity
    30. That Powerful Drop, Langston Hughes
    31. Confessions of a Nice Negro, or Why I Shaved My Head, Robin D.G. Kelley
    32. White Means Never Having to Say You're Ethnic: White Youth and the Construction of "Cultureless" Identities, Pamela Perry
    33. "Who Are You if You Don't Speak Spanish?" Language and Identity Among Latinos, Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Section 2. The Gendered World
    34. Gender Play: Creating a Sense of "Opposite Sides," Barrie Thorne
    35. Fashioning the Feminine, Amy L. Best
    36. Beer Commercials: A Manual on Masculinity, Lance Strate
    Section 3. Social Worlds of Age and the Life Course
    37. Preadolescent Clique Stratification and the Hierarchy of Identity, Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler
    38. Managing Aging in Young Adulthood: The "Aging" Table Dancer, Carol Rambo Ronai
    39. Place and Race: Midlife Experience in Harlem, Katherine Newman
    40. The Social World of Old Women, Sarah H. Matthews
    Section 4. Family as a Social World
    41. What Is Family?, Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
    42. A Member of the Funeral: An Introspective Ethnography, Nancy Anne Naples
    43. Stigma and Everyday Resistance Practices: Childless Women in South India, Catherine Kohler Riessman
    Section 5. Worlds of Trouble
    44. The Micro-Politics of Trouble, Robert M. Emerson and Sheldon L. Messienger
    45. K Is Mentally Ill: The Anatomy of a Factual Account, Dorothy E. Smith
    46. Ways of the Badass, Jack Katz
    Author Index
    Subject Index