SSSI at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Engaging with the Present, Imagining the Future
2017 Annual Conference
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Distinguished lecture by Dr. Jean-François Côté,
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Professor of Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Workshop: Using Grounded Theory for Social Justice Research*
Friday (morning), August 11, 2017
Workshop Given by: Dr. Kathy Charmaz & Dr. Linda Liska Belgrave
Free for SSSI Members and ASA Minority Fellows
Author Meets Critic
Friday, August 11, 2017
*The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (University of Texas Press, 2015).
By Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman
Conference Theme: For forty years, the SSSI has been a professional home for scholars with roots in American pragmatism and the study of identity, everyday practice, and language. Over the decades, what was once a radical alternative to positivism has become accepted by the mainstream. We have endured debates over micro vs. macro, social realism vs. interpretivism, and structure vs. agency. The 2017 annual conference will celebrate the many directions that symbolic interactionist research takes for investigating social issues and envisioning social change.
We invite scholars to submit abstracts for the sessions listed below. General submissions that do not fall into any of these categories are also accepted. Submission instructions follow session titles. For more information about any of these sessions, please click HERE.
1. Autobiographical Storytelling: Content, Process, and Purpose
2. The Canadian Contributions to Symbolic Interaction
3. Contested Ground: Deviance Designations, Stigma Contests, and the Problem on Conflict in Everyday Life
4. Forgotten, Neglected, and Misrepresented Social Theorists
5. Explaining the Rise of Trump
6. Identity Work as a Story
7. Interactionist Perspectives on Deviance and Crime
8. Pop Culture: People, Places, Things
9. Interactionist Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity
10. Jack Douglas' methodological masterpiece legacy
11. Messages and Meaning in Mass Media
12. “Nature,” Self, and Social Change
13. Negotiating Risk
14. New Theoretical Directions
15. Place and Identity
16. Pragmatic Interactionism
17. Pragmatism in the 21st Century: The Living Legacy of the Pragmatic Perspective
18. Race and Interactionist Theory
19. Science, Technology, and Medicine Studies
20. Situational Analysis and Symbolic Interaction
21. Sport, Recreation, and Leisure
22. Symbolic Interaction, Inequality, and the Body
23. Teaching Symbolic Interactionism: Strategies for Incorporating SI into the Classroom
24. Gender, Sexualities, and Symbolic Interaction
25. Symbolic Interaction and the Nonhuman Animal
Submit abstracts to Beth Montemurro, SSSI Vice-President, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please put “SSSI Paper Submission” in the subject line. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 15, 2017. Information about registration fees, society membership, and banquet tickets will appear on the SSSI website, http://symbolicinteraction.org, as it becomes available.
*Workshop: Using Grounded Theory for Social Justice Research
Friday morning, August 11, 2017; Organized and Led by Kathy Charmaz & Linda Liska Belgrave
This workshop introduces using grounded theory methods for qualitative research on social justice topics. Grounded theory methods consist of flexible guidelines to adopt, alter, and fit particular research problems, not to apply mechanically. With these guidelines, you will expedite and systematize your data gathering and analysis. These methods and the area of social justice are treated as serving mutually complementary purposes. Grounded theory methods can assist social justice researchers in making their work more analytic, precise, and compelling. A focus on social justice can help symbolic interactionists to move their methods into macro analyses. Major grounded theory strategies will be presented with suggestions about how use them to spark fresh ideas about data. We will discuss how the symbolic interactionist perspective can inform grounded theory studies in social justice. Familiarity with grounded theory methods is helpful but is not necessary. This workshop covers an overview of basic guidelines and includes several hands-on exercises. If you have collected some qualitative data, bring a completed interview, set of field notes, or document to analyze. If you do not have data yet, we will supply qualitative data for you. If you prefer to use a laptop for writing, bring one, but you can complete the exercises without a computer. The workshop is free for all SSSI members and 2017 conference attendees.
Kathy Charmaz, Organizer
This session features a discussion with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, author of The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (University of Texas Press, 2015).
Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman conducted detailed ethnographic observations and interviews with members of Brazilian families of African descent in her portrayal of racial hierarchies and their reproduction across generations. She systematically collected the stories of people who were denied love and suffered inequities within and beyond the family because of their skin color and/or hair texture. Using a symbolic interactionist perspective, Professor Hordge-Freeman demonstrates the differential effects of racial hierarchies on love, family, and social resources in an innovative analysis. Her book won the 2016 ASA Emotions book award. The panelists will offer their comments on the book and the many theoretical, substantive, and methodological issues it raises. We will have a lively discussion and will welcome comments and questions from the audience.
Omni Mont-Royal Hotel* Located downtown on the elegant Sherbrooke Street West near McGill University, the luxury Hotel Omni Mont-Royal dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. Sophisticated, luminous and inviting, this environment showcases an authentic and refined stay. With never more than 12 rooms per floor, the hospitality experience is enhanced by luxurious and comforting loft style guestrooms. Towering the Mount-Royal Park, our 31 story hotel offers magnificent city views and an abundance of natural light. Honoring Montreal’s reputation for gastronomy, Chef Laurent Miot and his international brigade, treat guests on a daily basis to a variety of local flavors à la Montréal. Our French inspired Petit Opus Café and vibrant Alice Bar reflect the city’s rich diversity. A well-known address within the business community, the hotel is best known for its dedicated and experienced personnel.
*from the website: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/montreal-mont-royal