New Interactionist book in Italian “INTERAZIONI INCLUSIVE (INCLUSIVE INTERACTIONS)” #sssi #sociology

A very interesting book has been released in Italy by the end of November 2016, entitled “Interazioni Inclusive” (Inclusive Interactions), edited by Andrea Salvini and published for Maggioli Editore. Presented by a Preface of David Altheide, it contains several essays focused on the contemporary Symbolic Interaction, written by some young Italian scholars that are inspired by this perspective in their academic and/or professional careers.

The book is unique, for several reasons. First of all, for its attention to the contemporary. With regard to the content, the discussion covers the developments and the latest interpretations of the SI (the Authors and the latest Schools), over Blumer’s heritage and until today, critically argued according to a sort of fil rouge that links the main interactionist questions to a knowledge which aspires to the humanization of society and to the achievement of more substantial levels of social justice, through and thanks to new ideals of action necessarily combined with the research practice (both epistemological and social). The way how the book is articulated reflects the purpose of the Authors to point out the possible “interactions” between the theoretical dimension, the research and the social intervention (especially the Social Work), exploring and highlighting the connections and the new openings of the SI.

The book focuses on some fundamental concepts that represent tools for understandinghe importance of the SI contribution in the framework of the social sciences; the volume tries to offer a broad and exhaustive representation of the perspective, by valuing the richness of its themes. Starting from the birth and the development of the SI mainstream, and highlighting the processes of pluralization of its horizons, the institutionalization and the internationalization of the vision, in the book the question moves to the contemporary, discussed in the light of some topics: Identity, Role, the connection between interactions and structure, and the methodology (Constructivist Grounded Theory). The last chapters represent an implicit homage to the life and work of Jane Addams, according to the contribution that SI can effectively make to the development of two more than ever current and relevant research fields: Peace Studies (“building peace interactions”), and violence/victimization. A bibliographic proposal, updated and organized by categories, ends the volume: Editor wants to offer to the reader a chance to orientation and depth, and to present the extent of SI’s production, that seems to be extremely active.

This is the table of contents:

Preface (D. Altheide)

Introduction (A. Salvini)

I An Encounter with the Contemporary Symbolic Interaction (A.Salvini)

II Symbolic Interaction between Theory, Research and Social Intervention (A. Salvini)

III The Construction of Identity in the Contemporary Society (I. Psaroudakis)

IV From Interactions to Social Structure (and Back) (L. Ciccarese)

V Grounded Theory as an Interactionist Methodology (D. Cordaz)

VI Deviance, Violentization and Victimization (C. Galavotti)

VII Symbolic Interaction and Peace Studies: Possible Intersections of Ontological, Methodological and Epistemological Levels (V. Bartolucci)

VIII Bibliographic Sources for the New Interactionist Century (2000-2016) (L. Corchia)


The essays, entirely in Italian, stand out to represent an attempt to “consolidate” the cognitive boundaries of SI, disseminating its suggestions and approach beyond the Anglo-Saxon and US borders, especially in a country like Italy where interest in interactionism is strong, but still focused to a relatively small number of studies. This represents a forward step towards a greater internationalization of SI, which has to confront and to deal with the particular dynamics of localization, and then expand itself in this direction. The book comes out of Pisa, an important center for the SI Community. The city of the Leaning Tower stands at the cradle of a very “community of practice” – an international one – around symbolic interactionism; and that is where we had the first European Conference of the SSSI (2010), where we organized the International Summer School on GT and Qualitative Methods (2016), where the Italian Conference on “To Read Again Herbert Blumer” (April, 2017) will be held, and where the II Edition of the Summer School (June, 2017) will be organised. This book represents the most recent product of all the meetings where so many intellectual biographies and experiences cross.

The volume is thus focused on a strong and very lively tradition, and in order to capture its wide breadth – its content, views, and causes for reflection – it turns its gaze to the future (of the scientific community and of the perspective), nowadays more significant than ever, given that during this year are thirty years since the death of Herbert Blumer, to whose memory the volume is dedicated.

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Latest Issue of SSSI Notes Vol.45/3 #sssi #sociology

The latest issue of the newsletter of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has just been published. To access the newsletter please click HERE.

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“To Read Again Herbert Blumer” Italian Conference on Herbert Blumer – #sssi #sociology

“To Read Again Herbert Blumer”
Conference on Herbert Blumer in Pisa, Italy

 Monday, April 3, 2017

Herbert Blumer died on April 13th, 1987, in Pleasanton, California. Exactly thirty years after his passing, the Department of Political Science, University of Pisa, will hold a commemorative conference entitled “To Read Again Herbert Blumer” (April 3, Pisa), about his work and his scientific legacy. The interactionist community in Pisa will be pleased to involve scholars from all over the country discussing various issues about Herbert Blumer’s relevance and influence in the early 21st century. It will be an interesting journey through many themes, with speeches on different substantive topics, both theoretical and methodological. The purpose is to stimulate a common reflection on the originality of Blumer’s ideas, and their susceptibility to further elaboration, in order to identify areas where the fundamental assumptions of Symbolic Interactionism may prove useful.
This is the list of speakers

Herbert Blumer, from Chicago to Berkeley: the construction of Symbolic Interactionism, Raffaele Rauty (University of Salerno, Italy)
Mixed and/or Merged: a methodological reconstruction?, Rita Bichi (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy)

Blumer after Blumer: methodological rigour and critical positivism in Andrew Abbott’s sociology, Vincenzo Romania (University of Padua, Italy)

From Herbert Blumer to Anselm Strauss: to the roots of grounded theory and interactionism in health care, Giuseppina Cersosimo (University of Salerno, Italy)

Autoethnography and Symbolic Interactionism: a way of being, and seeing the world, Charlie Barnao (Magna Græcia University of Catanzaro, Italy)

Herbert Blumer, today, Andrea Salvini and Irene Psaroudakis (University of Pisa, Italy)

Discussant: Massimo Pendenza (University of Salerno, Italy)


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“International Summer School on Grounded Theory & Qualitative Methods” 5 – 9 June, Pisa Italy #sssi #sociology

International Summer School on Grounded Theory & Qualitative Methods

2017 – II edition – 5-9 June, Pisa


The Department of Political Science, University of Pisa, is pleased to invite you to participate in the II edition of the International Summer School on Grounded Theory & Qualitative Methods (5-9 June, Pisa). After the great success of the I edition, which attracted about 74 people from all over the world, the organizers hope to involve a large number of scholars, students and professionals to join this II edition. Last year, the contributions of Professor Kathy Charmaz (Sonoma State University), Professor David Altheide (Arizona State University), and the participation of the most renowned scholars from European Universities, were very appreciated in terms of both contents and teaching methodology.

In this second edition – which will see the participation of Professors Anne Ryen (University of Adger), Thaddeus Muller (University of Lancaster), Michael Dellwing (University of Kassel), Krzysztof Konecki (University of Lodz), Andrea Salvini (University of Pisa), Roberto Cipriani (University of Roma Tre) and many others scholars – considerable importance will be attached to the practical and communitarian dimensions, by constituting working groups and promoting the exchange of experience and good practice in this field. Detailed information about registration program, teachers, fees and deadlines, will be available on the Summer School official website: It is also possible to follow updates on Facebook (, and Twitter ( official accounts.

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European SSSI Conference 2017 in Lodz/Poland #sssi #sociology #conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

the EUSSSI Conference will be held in Lodz/Poland from July 4th to July 8th this year. 

The title of the conference is “Studying Everyday Life: Generic Dimensions of Interactionist Inquiry”. 

For more information place click the link below.

very best wishes



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CfP SSSI 2017 Annual Meetings in Montreal, Canda #sociology #sssi

Dear SSSI Members:

Please submit abstracts for the 2017 meeting, which will be held at the Omni Mont-Royal hotel in Montreal, Quebec on 8/11-8/13/17. PAPER PROPOSALS/ABSTRACTS ARE DUE IN ONE WEEK, by 3/15/17.  Please share with colleagues and students. Submission instructions, session titles, and session descriptions can be found on the SSSI website:                                                        

Submit abstracts to Beth Montemurro, SSSI Vice-President, at:  Please put “SSSI Paper Submission” in the subject line.

Conference Participants and Attendees must be members of SSSI and must register for the conference. Please register by July 1, 2017. Information about registration fees, society membership, and banquet tickets can be found here:

It is not too early to make hotel reservations. Here is the link for our special great rate at the Omni Mont-Royal:

Please contact me with any questions.



Beth Montemurro, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Professor of Sociology

Penn State University, Abington

1600 Woodland Road

Abington, PA 19001


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A Quick look back to the History of SSSI #sssi #sociology #history

Almost 20 years ago, in Summer 1997, Symbolic Interaction published a Special Issue (Vol. 20(2)) concerned with the history of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. The Special Issue co-edited by Michael G. Flaherty and Donna Daren includes 12 essays by the co-editors and 10 interactionists who were actively involved in the creation of our Society. For those with an interest in SSSI, its history and  relationship to ASA this Special Issue is an unmissable source. It covers personal memories of meetings in Gregory Stone’s basement as well as discussions about the initial management of the Society: were presidents to be elected or were lots to be drawn out of a head? Please see below the Table of content of the Special Issue.

Dirk vom Lehn  @dirkvl

Symbolic Interaction Vol.20(2)

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