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Interpretive Lenses in Sociology

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

This 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 connect advanced approaches to the interpretation of social life 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 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 is useful in the classroom as well as for specialists in the field.


Read an extended series introduction from the editors.

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, Université du Québec à Montréal
Emma Engdahl, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Veikko Eranti, University of Helsinki, Finland
Emily Fairchild, Harvard University, 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, Northwestern University, 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

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Interpreting Subcultures

Approaching, Contextualizing, and Embodying Sense-Making Practices in Alternative Cultures

This book makes an unprecedented contribution to the field by explaining the interpretive processes through which subcultural phenomena are studied. Examining dimensions of interpretivism, it reveals how and why people decide to use specific conceptual frames or methodologies and how they shape their interpretations of everyday realities.

Bristol Uni Press

Interpreting the Body

Between Meaning and Matter

Written by leading social scientists, this ambitious volume asks what individuals’ “handling” of bodies reveal about inequality, social order and cultural change in societies.

Bristol Uni Press

Interpreting Contentious Memory

Countermemories and Social Conflicts over the Past

This book illustrates how scholars use different interpretive lenses to study profound conflicts rooted in the past. Addressing issues of racism, genocide, war, nationalism, colonialism and more, it highlights how our interpretations of contentious memories are indispensable to our understandings of contemporary conflicts and identities.

Bristol Uni Press

Interpretive Sociology and the Semiotic Imagination

Written by experts in interpretive sociology, this volume examines semiotic models in a sociological context. Contributors offer case studies to demonstrate ‘how to do things’ with semiotics. Synthesizing a diverse and fragmented landscape, this is a key reference work for understanding the connection between semiotics and sociology.

Bristol Uni Press

Interpreting Religion

Making Sense of Religious Lives

This collection brings together a diverse range of interpretivist perspectives to find fresh takes on the meanings of religion. Cutting across paradigms and traditions, experts from the UK, US, and India apply different approaches to engagement with beliefs and themes, including identity, ritual, and emotion.

Bristol Uni Press