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The production of reality : essays and readings on social interaction

Author: Jodi O'Brien
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA : Pine Forge Press, [2011] ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fifth editionView all editions and formats
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"Featuring a new emphasis on how to be awake in the world and how to better see the patterns we use to make sense of our own lives, this fifth edition of Jodi O'Brien's popular book introduces the major theories, concepts, and perspectives of contemporary social psychology in a uniquely engaging manner. Compelling, original essays that introduce relevant concepts are followed by a wide-ranging, eclectic, enjoyable  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jodi O'Brien
ISBN: 9781412979443 1412979447
OCLC Number: 641528468
Description: xvi, 547 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Part I. Introduciton. What is real? / Jodi O'Brien --
Reality as collective hunch. Islands of meaning / Eviatar Zerubavel ; The search for signs of intelligent life in the universe / Jane Wagner --
Researching social life. Truth, objectivity, and agreement / Earl Babbie ; The perspective of social science / Joel Charon --
Part II. Humans as symbol-using creatures. Shared meaning as the basis of humanness / Jodi O'Brien --
Symbol use, language, and development. A clue to the nature of man : the symbol / Ernst Cassirer ; Yes, father-sister / Oliver Sacks ; Final note on a case of extreme isolation / Kingsley Davis --
Categorization, language, and culture. Mindfulness and mindlessness / Ellen Langer ; Metaphors we live by / George Lakoff and Mark Johnson ; Racism in the English language / Robert B. Moore --
Part III. Producing social selves. Who am I? Developing character / Jodi O'Brien --
The self as a process of interaction. The self, the I, and the me / George Herbert Mead ; Looking-glass self / Charles Horton Cooley --
Significant others and self development. A theory of genius / Thomas Scheff ; Sissy boy, progressive parents / Daniel Farr --
Self and social context. The digital self : through the looking glass of telecopresent others / Shanyang Zhao ; Identity careers of older gay men and lesbians / Dana Rosenfeld --
Part IV. Producting social identities and social scripts. Learning the script : socialization / Jodi O'Brien --
Socialization and reference groups. Socialization : the internalization of society / Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann ; Reference groups as perspectives / Tamotsu Shibutani ; Shades of white / Pamela Perry --
Naming experience. Becoming a marihuana user / Howard S. Becker ; The development of feeling norms underlying romantic love among adolescent females / Robin W. Simon, Donna Eder, and Cathy Evans --
Part V. Producing social order through interaction. Meaning is negotiated through interaction / Jodi O'Brien --
Projecting the definition of the situation. The presentation of self in everyday life : selections / Erving Goffman ; Behavior in private places : sustaining definitions of reality in gynecological examinations / Joan P. Emerson --
Identity work, stigma, and self presentation in interaction. Smell, odor, and somatic work : sense-making and sensory management / Dennis D. Waskul and Phillip Vannini ; Panhandling repertoires and routines for overcoming the nonperson treatment / Stephen E. Lankenau ; Being Middle Eastern American : identity negotiation in the context of the "war on terror" / Amir Marvasti --
Emotional labor and emotional capital. The managed heart : commercialization of human feeling / Arlie Russell Hochschild ; Shaping the selves of young salespeople through emotion management / David Schweingruber and Nancy Berns --
Part VI. The social production of reality. Building and breaching reality / Jodi O'Brien --
A theory of reality. Conceptual machineries of universe maintenance / Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann ; Five features of reality / Hugh Mehan and Houston Wood ; A conception of and experiments with "trust" as a condition of concerted stable actions / Harold Garfinkel --
Self-fulfilling prophecies. Self-fulfilling prophecies / Paul Watzlawick ; When belief creates reality : the self-fulfilling impact of first impressions on social interaction / Mark Snyder --
The social production of the cultural status quo. Consuming terrorism / David L. Altheide ; Common knowledge and the law : do the "haves" come out ahead? / Patricia Ewick and Susan S. Sibley --
The social production of difference and inequalities. Status inequality and close relationships : an integrative typology of bond-saving strategies / Scott R. Harris ; The persistence of gender inequality in employment settings / Cecilia Ridgeway --
Part VII. Social complexity, ambiguity, and contradiction. Boundaries and contradictions / Jodi O'Brien --
Double consciousness and the veil / W.E.B. DuBois ; Wrestling the angel of contradiction : queer Christian identities / Jodi O'Brien ; Contested selves in divorce proceedings / Joseph Hopper --
Complexities and change in cultural production. Take you Good Friday to the streets / Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo --
Talking back / Bell Hooks --
Epilogue --
Credits --
Name index --
Subject index --
About the author.
Responsibility: [edited by] Jodi O'Brien.

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