Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies: The Politics by Norman K. Denzin

By Norman K. Denzin

Symbolic interactionism is without doubt one of the so much enduring - and positively the main sociological - of all social psychologies. during this landmark paintings, Norman ok. Denzin strains its tortured background from its roots in American pragmatism to its present-day come upon with poststructuralism and postmodernism. Arguing that if interactionism is to proceed to thrive and develop it needs to contain components of publish structural and post-modern conception into its underlying perspectives of heritage, tradition and politics, the writer develops a study time table which merges the interactionist sociological mind's eye with the serious insights on modern feminism and cultural stories. Norman Denzin's programmatic research of symbolic interactionism, which develops a politics of interpretation merging conception and perform, may be welcomed through scholars and students in quite a lot of disciplines, from sociology to cultural stories.

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Women's sexuality, their relationships to children, to their own bodies, and to men have been systematically excluded from this discourse, which until the early 1970s was primarily written by men. A number of feminists have appropriated this theoretical position for their own purposes. ). The intervention of the state in the economy and the family under late capitalism erases the distinction between the private and public spheres in everyday life. There is a dialectical relationship "between women's oppression in the home and in her exploitation in the work force" (Clough 1987: 20).

Being sexually alluring or sexually dominant), and these cultural understandings are fitted to the sexual biography of the individual. Emotional codes, specific to each gender, are learned as language is acquired. These codes interact with the sexual selves and sexual identities that circulate in the various arenas of popular culture in everyday life. The masculine code in our society represses emotionality, whereas the feminine code expresses vulnerable and nurturant forms of emotionality. Each code speaks to a body culture which stresses health, beauty, and erotic attraction.

Such models have not been fitted to the actual, lived, emotional experiences of interacting human beings. Aligning themselves more with the humanities than the natural sciences, interactionists approach their materials from n narrative, textual position, understanding that their texts create the subject matter they write about (Brown 1989; Richardson 1990: 15). They don't like overly rational, cognitive 24 THE INTERPRETIVE HERITAGE theories of human behavior (Denzin 1990b, e). They don’t like monocausal theories which stress single factors like exchange, reward, or sexual desire as the causes of human behavior.

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