The Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism demonstrates the promise and diversity of the interactionist perspective in social science today, providing students and practitioners with an overview of the impressive developments in interactionist theory, methods and research. Thematically organized, it explores the history of interactionism and the contemporary state of the field, considering the ways in which scholars approach topics that are central to interactionism. As such, it presents discussions of self, identity, gender and sexuality, race, emotions, social organization, media and the internet, and social problems. With attention to new developments in methods and methodologies, including digital ethnography, visual methods and research ethics, the authors also engage with new areas of investigation that have emerged in light of current societal developments, such as policing and police violence, interactionism beyond binaries and social media. Providing a comprehensive overview of the current state and possible future of interactionist research, it will appeal to interactionist scholars, as well as to established sociologists and students of sociology who have an interest in latest developments in interactionism.

part 1|21 pages


chapter 1|19 pages


ByDirk vom Lehn, Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Will Gibson

part 2|73 pages

Varieties of interactionism

chapter 2|12 pages

Pragmatism and interaction

ByFrithjof Nungesser

chapter 3|10 pages

Herbert Blumer, symbolic interactionism, and 21st-century sociology

ByThomas J. Morrione

chapter 4|12 pages

Straussian negotiated order theory c. 1960–present

ByAdele E. Clarke

chapter 5|11 pages

Recent developments in the new Iowa School of symbolic interactionism

ByMichael Katovich, Shing-Ling S. Chen

chapter 6|12 pages

Dramaturgical frameworks and interactionism

ByGreg Smith

chapter 7|14 pages

Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis

The other interactionism
ByJason Turowetz, Anne Warfield Rawls

part 3|81 pages

Self, identity and emotions

chapter 8|13 pages

Click, validate, and reply

Three paradoxes of the terminal self
BySimon Gottschalk

chapter 9|10 pages

Animal selfhood

ByLeslie Irvine

chapter 10|12 pages

The self and the supernatural

ByRachael Ironside

chapter 11|11 pages

The (un)healthy body and the self

ByLisa Jean Moore, Sumayra Khan

chapter 12|11 pages

Identity and racialization

ByMatthew W. Hughey, Michael L. Rosino

chapter 13|10 pages

Symbolic interaction beyond binaries

ByJ.E. Sumerau

chapter 14|12 pages

Culture and emotion

Interactionist perspectives 1
ByE. Doyle McCarthy

part 4|96 pages

Social organisation

chapter 15|13 pages

Organizations and institutions

ByPatrick J.W. McGinty

chapter 16|11 pages

Symbolic interactionism, social structure, and social change

Historical debates and contemporary challenges
ByStacey Hannem

chapter 17|10 pages

Mental health and symbolic interactionism

Untapped opportunities
ByBaptiste Brossard

chapter 18|16 pages

Handling video of [police] violence

Theoretical versus practical analyses
ByPatrick G. Watson, Albert J. Meehan

chapter 19|11 pages

Space, mobility, and interaction

ByRobin James Smith

chapter 20|12 pages

Nature and the environment in interaction

ByAntony Puddephatt

chapter 21|10 pages

The social organization of time

ByMichael G. Flaherty

chapter 22|11 pages

Collective memory

ByLisa-Jo K. van den Scott

part 5|79 pages

Interactionism, media and the Internet

chapter 23|11 pages

Media logic, fear, and the construction of terrorism

ByDavid L. Altheide

chapter 24|10 pages

Public fear and the media

ByJoel Best

chapter 25|12 pages

Policing and social media

ByChristopher J. Schneider

chapter 26|12 pages

Interactionism and online identity

How has interactionism contributed to understandings of online identity?
ByHannah Ditchfield

chapter 27|10 pages

Physical co-presence and distinctive features of online interactions

ByXiaoli Tian, Yui Fung Yip

chapter 28|11 pages

Happy birthday, Michael Jackson

Dead celebrity and online interaction
ByKerry O. Ferris

chapter 29|11 pages

Multiplayer online gaming

ByDavid Kirschner

part 6|45 pages

New developments in methods

chapter 30|12 pages

Situational analysis as critical pragmatist interactionism

ByCarrie Friese, Adele E. Clarke, Rachel Washburn

chapter 31|12 pages

Video in interactionist research

ByRené Tuma

chapter 32|10 pages

Digital naturalism

Ethnography in networked worlds
ByMichael Dellwing

chapter 33|9 pages

Ethics in symbolic interactionist research

ByDeborah K. van den Hoonaard, Will C. van den Hoonaard

part 7|46 pages

Reimagining interactionism

chapter 34|13 pages

Toward an expanded definition of symbolic interactionism

ByLinda Liska Belgrave, Kapriskie “Kikie” Seide, Kathy Charmaz

chapter 35|9 pages

Some antinomies of interactionism

ByMartyn Hammersley

chapter 36|10 pages

Interactionist research

Extending methods, extending fields
ByEmilie Morwenna Whitaker, Paul Atkinson

chapter 37|12 pages

The new horizons of symbolic interactionism

ByKent Sandstrom, Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, Gary Alan Fine