The Faultline of Consciousness
A View of Interactionism in Sociology


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The Faultline of Consciousness
A View of Interactionism in Sociology

by David R. Maines (Author)



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For the past 70-80 years, the field of sociology has been thoroughly constructionist, in the sense that all sociological paradigms locate their explanations of the social in social phenomena themselves.

Retracing the theories of Mead, Blumer, and Park, the author reveals an enduring sociological relevance that has been hidden in professional myth and rhetoric, and argues that scholarly progress cannot be demonstrated in substantive terms but only rhetorically claimed, and thus can be understood today only as a political sociology of knowledge. Maines provides an array of empirical studies drawn from pragmatist and interactionist precepts to illustrate how a credible general sociology can be framed and developed. This book is not about interactionism per se; rather, it is an invitation to reconsider the promise of a more mature general sociology, one that has a chance to develop systematically rather than haphazardly and without direction. Regardless of where one stands on interactionism itself, the methodological strength and vivid presentation will earn this book a place in courses in method and in theory.


ISBN 202306453
ISBN13 9780202306452
Publisher AldineTransaction
Format Hardback
Publication date 31/07/2001
Pages xx,286
Weight (grammes) 567
Published in United States
Height (mm) 230
Width (mm) 150