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Author Gusfield, Joseph R., 1923-

Title Performing action : artistry in human behavior and social research / Joseph R. Gusfield
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©2000
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 342 pages)
Contents Introduction: Human Behavior as Performance -- Rhetoric -- The "Double Plot" in Institutions -- The Literary Rhetoric of Science: Comedy and Pathos in Drinking-Driver Research -- Two Genres of Sociology: A Literary Analysis of The American Occupational Structure and Tally's Corner -- Sport as Story: Form and Content in Agonistic Games -- Reflexivity -- The Modernity of Social Movements: Public Roles and Private Parts -- Social Movements and Social Change: Perspectives of Linearity and Fluidity -- The Reflexivity of Social Movements: Collective Behavior and Mass Society Theory Revisited -- The Social Construction of Tradition: An Interactionist View of Social Change -- Symbolism -- Secular Symbolism: Studies of Ritual, Ceremony, and the Symbolic Order in Modern Life -- Nature's Body and the Metaphors of Food and Health -- The Social Symbolism of Smoking and Health -- The Social Meanings of Meals: Hierarchy and Equality in the American "Potluck" -- Conclusion: "Buddy, Can You Paradigm?": The Crisis of Theory in the Welfare State
Summary "The goal of ... [this book] is to forge a closer relationship between art and sociology. The link is that individual conduct studied by sociologists is like planned and rehearsed theatrical actions, which is the concern of theater critics. ... This is a thought-provoking book."--D. Harper, Choice In recent years the social sciences and the humanities have drawn closer to each other in thought and method. Sociologist Joseph R. Gusfield draws upon drama and fiction to show how human action is shaped by the formal dimensions of performance. Following the philosopher Paul Ricouer, Gusfield s
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Action research
Human behavior
Sociology -- Methodology
Genre/Form Aufsatzsammlung
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1412830656