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Inside Social Life

Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology

Eighth Edition

Edited by Spencer Cahill, Kent Sandstrom, and Carissa Froyum

Publication Date - 26 June 2017

ISBN: 9780190647889

480 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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A comprehensive, best-selling reader on social psychology with a strong focus on inequality


Now in its eighth edition, this best-selling reader provides an introduction to the sociological study of social psychology, interpersonal interaction, embodiment, emotion, selfhood, inequality, and the politics of everyday realities. Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology presents thirty-nine selections that include both classic and contemporary theoretical work and empirical studies. Detailed introductions to each part and article identify and explain central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics.

New to this Edition

  • Expands on current critical issues
  • Addresses globalization and ethnicity
  • Discusses the increase in interaction through technology
  • Brings back key readings from previous editions

About the Author(s)

Spencer Cahill (1949-2006) was Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida.

Kent Sandstrom is Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at North Dakota State University.

Carissa Froyum is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa.


"Inside Social Life is a comprehensive approach to navigating the journey from understandings of the self to the interconnections of self and society."--Patrick Archer, St. Ambrose University

"This is the best reader available for conveying the power of interactionist theory. Collectively the articles demonstrate the breadth of interactionist thought, illuminate the experiences of diverse and oftentimes overlooked populations, and facilitate recognition of the link between micro and macro sociology."--Gary Grizzle, Barry University

"I like Inside Social Life because of the range of interesting topics covered that fit nicely into my overall outline of topics. I especially like the introductory sections to each substantive grouping. The pedagogy is the reason I use and will continue to use the book."--Gary T. Deimling, Case Western Reserve University

Table of Contents

    Uses of the Selections
    About the Contributors

    Part I: Human Being and Social Reality
    Reading 1: Kenneth Gergen, Together We Construct Our Worlds
    Reading 2: Gerald Handel, Spencer Cahill, and Frederick Elkin, Human Neural Plasticity and Socialization
    Reading 3: Kent Sandstrom, Symbols and the Creation of Reality
    Reading 4: Eviatar Zerubavel, The Rules of Denial
    Reading 5: Susan Blackmore, The Meme Machine

    Part II: The Social Shaping of Subjective Experience
    Reading 6: Dennis D. Waskul and Phillip Vannini, Smell, Odor, and Somatic Work
    Reading 7: Arlie Hochschild, Working on Feeling
    Reading 8: Nancy Berns, Closure Talk
    Reading 9: Christian Vaccaro, Douglas Schrock, and Janice McCabe, Managing Emotional Manhood
    Reading 10: Brandon Jackson and Ada Harvey Wingfield, Getting Angry to Get Ahead

    Part III: The Social Construction of the Body and Embodiment
    Reading 11: Karin A. Martin, Becoming a Gendered Body
    Reading 12: Dennis D. Waskul, Phillip Vannini, and Desiree Wiesen, Women and Their Clitoris
    Reading 13: Angela Orend and Patricia Gagné, Corporate Logo Tattoos and the Commodification of the Body
    Reading 14: Meika Loe and Leigh Cuttino, Grappling with the Medicated Self

    Part IV: The Social Construction of the Self
    Reading 15: Charles Horton Cooley, The Self as Sentiment and Reflection
    Reading 16: George Herbert Mead, The Self as Social Structure
    Reading 17: Vichet Chhuon and Cynthia Hudley, The Ethnic Options and Identity Negotiations of Cambodian American Students
    Reading 18: Jaber Gubrium and James Holstein, The Self in a World of Going Concerns

    Part V: The Self and Social Interaction
    Reading 19: Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self
    Reading 20: David Grazian, The Girl Hunt
    Reading 21: Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, The Glorified Self
    Reading 22: David Snow and Leon Anderson, Salvaging the Self from Homelessness
    Reading 23: Simon Gottschalk, The Presentation of Self in Virtual Spaces

    Part VI: The Organization of Social Interaction
    Reading 24: Erving Goffman, Face-Work and Interactional Rituals
    Reading 25: Spencer Cahill, The Interaction Order of Public Restrooms
    Reading 26: Nikki Jones, Working 'the Code' in the Inner City
    Reading 27: Matthew Desmond, Making Firefighters Deployable

    Part VII: The Construction of Social Structures and Boundaries
    Reading 28: Herbert Blumer, Society in Action
    Reading 29: Kristin Barker and Tasha R. Galardi, Autism Spectrum Disorder and the DSM-5
    Reading 30: Jessica Vasquez-Tokos, Disciplined Preferences: Explaining the (Re)Production of Latino Endogamy
    Reading 31: Daniel Chambliss, Protecting the Routine from Chaos

    Part VIII: Reproducing and Resisting Inequalities
    Reading 32: Margarethe Kusenbach, Salvaging Decency
    Reading 33: Carissa Froyum, For the Betterment of Kids Who Look Like Me
    Reading 34: Shane Sharp, Escaping Symbolic Entrapment, Maintaining Social Identities
    Reading 35: Alex I. Thompson, Wrangling Tips: Entrepreneurial Manipulation in Fast-Food Delivery

    Part IX: The Politics of Reality
    Reading 36: Erving Goffman, The Moral Career of the Mental Patient
    Reading 37: Amir Marvasti, Being Middle Eastern American in the Context of the War on Terror
    Reading 38: Sharmila Rudrappa and Caitlyn Collins, Altruistic Agencies and Compassionate Consumers: Moral Framing of Transnational Surrogacy
    Reading 39: Daniel D. Martin, The Politics of Sorrow and Identity in the Aftermath of Murder