Registration for Meeting of the MSS/Couch-Stone Symposium

Here are the links to register for the MSS Meetings in Milwaukee where the Couch-Stone Symposium will be held this year.

Here’s the direct link to the MSS registration page:

 Hotel link is:

 All registration information can also be found on the MSS page:

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Symbolic Interaction Vol.40(1) is OUT! #sssi #sociology

The first issue of Symbolic Interaction for 2017 has just been published. Please see the Table of Content below.



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CfP SSSI Annual Meeting 2017

The Call for Papers for the 2017 SSSI Annual meetings has just been published on our website. For the call, please go here:

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CfP EU SSSI Conference 2017 #sssi #socilogy

Call for papers for EU SSSI in Lodz in Poland:

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Remembering Robert Hintz, Jr. (1944 – 2016) #sssi #sociology #IowaSchool


Shing-Ling Sarina Chen

Robert Hintz, Jr., a formative member of the New Iowa School of Symbolic Interactionism, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 16, 2016. Bob  was 72 years old. Bob received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, Bob studied under Carl Couch in the Department of Sociology, and became one of the key contributors of the formation of the New Iowa School, led by Couch.

One notable attribute of Bob’s work with Couch was Bob’s complete mastery of Couch’s scholarship. Areas of Couch’s scholarship spanned from Symbolic Interactionism and formal sociology, qualitative laboratory research, to information technologies. Most of Couch’s graduate students usually specialized in one or two areas of Couch’s scholarship, Bob was the only one who mastered all three areas of Couch’s works. Bob’s comprehensive mastery of Couch’s scholarship led Couch to invite him to co-edit, *Constructing Social Life: Readings in Behavorial Sociology From the Iowa School*, a foundational text of the New Iowa School, for publication in 1975. 

Bob had taught sociology at the university level for years before becoming a family counselor. He worked for Foundation 2 Youth Shelter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for over 27 years, till his death. His colleagues at Foundation 2 remembered him for always providing an element of calm. He was appreciated for having a chill personality and a great sense of humor, along with a great source of knowledge. He was known for having a thoughtful approach to working with people in crisis. His colleagues believed that Bob had impacted many, many lives in the community for the better.

Other than his great work in family counselling, Bob remained active in academia as well. He published manuscripts, co-authored with members of the New Iowa School, Michael Katovich, Dan Miller and Steve Buban. Bob’s commitment to scholarship was best illustrated by his work editing the 2nd edition of *Constructing Social Life* for publication in 2015, forty years after the initial publication in 1975. He tirelessly updated each chapter to illustrate the utilities of this timeless masterpiece in studying contemporary social life. The book is widely used in both sociology and communication classes. Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research presented Bob the 2016 Couch Center President’s Award, the highest honor in the Couch Center, to acknowledge his sustaining effort in promoting the New Iowa School sociological thought that contributed to the longevity of the New Iowa School.

Bob was active in academic conferences. He was a fixture in the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, where I met him in 1985. Like any conference attendee, I was stunned time and time again by the astonishing insights offered by this quiet and calm person sitting in the audience. I sensed the incongruence of his calm demeanor and his spectacular comments. I often sought him out in the Midwest Sociological Meetings to obtain his guidance.

Bob’s colleagues in Foundation 2 as well as in the field of sociology would agree that they all had learned so much from Bob. Bob was a sage, intelligent, knowledgeable and resourceful. But most of all, Bob’s calmness touched on so many, as if he was saying to us, “Keep calm and carry on….” Bob will be greatly missed.

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Latest Edition of SSSI Notes is out! #sssi #sociology

The Society’s latest newsletter has just been published on our website. To access it click HERE.

Notes Volume 45, Number 2

President’s Statement /  1

2017 Couch-Stone Symposium / 2

Annual Conference / 3

2017 SSSI Awards / 4

Forthcoming Studies in Symbolic Interaction / 7

Reflections: An Erving Goffman Mystery / 8

Obituary for Thomas Luckmann / 10

Recent Books / 13

Other Announcements / 14

Future Issues / 16


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SSSI at SSSP – Special Session #sssi #sociology

SSSI is cosponsoring a session at the SSSP 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal.

The session is “Narratives of Fear in Popular Culture”. For further information, please follow the link below, and look for session #17:

Submissions for this session are encouraged.


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