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Interpretive Lenses in Sociology

Series Editors: Thomas DeGloma, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

This new and exciting series provides a unique forum for scholars from a wide range of interpretive schools to explore approaches to uncovering the deep meanings underlying human actions, events and experiences.

Books in the series will connect advanced approaches to the interpretation of social life, focusing on themes including cultural sociology, the interrelated schools of pragmatism and symbolic interaction, psychoanalytic sociology, and more.

Drawing attention to divergences in core assumptions, methods, and theoretical vocabularies, the books will establish frameworks for dialogue and build bridges among different traditions to advance the overall aims of sociological interpretation and meaning-centered social analysis.

Written in a clear and accessible manner, each volume will be useful in the classroom as well as for specialists in the field.

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Forthcoming volumes (year 1, in progress):

Interpreting the Body: Between Meaning and Materiality (2021)
Volume editors: Anne Marie Champagne, Yale University, and Asia Friedman, University of Delaware

Interpreting Religion: The Meanings of Religious Belief and Practice (2021)
Volume editors: Erin F. Johnston, Stanford University, and Vikash Singh, Montclair State University

Interpretive Sociology and the Semiotic Imagination (2021)
Volume editors: Andrea Cossu, University of Trento, and Jorge Fontdevila, California State University Fullerton


Forthcoming volumes (year 2, final titles forthcoming):

On the topic of memory and the past
Volume editors: Janet L. Jacobs, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Thomas DeGloma, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

On the topic of sex and gender
Volume Editors: Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University, and Wendy Chapkis, University of Southern Maine

On the topic of authoritarianism and power
Volume editors: Lynn S. Chancer, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University


Call for proposals:

If you have an idea for a volume (all themes and topics considered), would like to submit a proposal, or are just looking for more information, please contact the series editors: Thomas DeGloma (tdegloma@hunter.cuny.edu) and Julie B. Wiest (jbwiest@gmail.com).

Find out more about the Interpretive Sociology series and conference 

International editorial advisory board:

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, US
Marni A. Brown, Georgia Gwinnett College, US
Giuseppina Cersosimo, University of Salerno, Italy
Lynn S. Chancer, Hunter College, The City University of New York, US
Erica Chito-Childs, Hunter College, The City University of New York, US
Manase Kudzai Chiweshe, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Jean-François Côté, University of Montreal, Canada
Emma Engdahl, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Veikko Eranti, University of Helsinki, Finland 
Emily Fairchild, New College of Florida, US
Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, US
Stacey Hannem, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Titus Hjelm, University of Helsinki, Finland
Annemarie Jutel, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Carol Kidron, University of Haifa, Israel
Krzysztof T. Konecki, University of Lodz, Poland
Joseph A. Kotarba, Texas State University, US
Donileen Loseke, University of South Florida, US
Eeva Luhtakallio, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lisa McCormick, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University, Canada
Beth Montemurro, Pennsylvania State University, Abington, US
Kylie Parrotta, California Polytechnic State University, US
Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University, US
Andrea Salvini, University of Pisa, Italy
Susie Scott, University of Sussex, UK
Cristine G. Severo, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Xiaoli Tian, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Vilna Bashi Treitler, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
Hector Vera, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Gad Yair, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Patrick Williams, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers University, US