Tag: symbolic interactionist theory

Symbolic Interactionism and Sexual Conduct: A very early article

One of my earliest papers and for a while, in my  far away youth, my favourite personal paper was Symbolic Interactionism and Sexual Conduct: An emergent perspective.  It was my first clear statement of a position – even though it took some ten years to be published and even then in a much edited form…

Some Recent Presentations

Handouts for recent presentations       Today I have posted some summary handouts of recent lectures that I have given.   The first was given  at a lecture for Spanish sociologists.  I launched the manifesto for Critical Humanism at that time; and this was the handout I gave them as I lectured to powerpoints.…

Early Research: Awareness of Homosexuality

Awareness of Homosexuality, 1973 Today I start a new series of pieces in which I look back on some of my earliest articles – some being 40 years old now. I start with a little article that was in effect the very first article I ever wrote – back in 1971. It was to become…



         ‘We live in the minds of others without

                          knowing it’

Inspirations: Howard S. Becker

Inspirations: Howard S. Becker Doing Things Together Howard S Becker is one of the foremost sociologists of the second half of the twentieth century. When I was an undergraduate back in the 1960’s, his book Outsiders was one of the most influential around. It gave me a whole new way of seeing things – inlcuding…

Short course on life stories

Documents of Life: Narratives and Humanistic Social Research (two-day course): Professor Ken Plummer from Department of Sociology, University of Essex This course will run for two days on Thursday 31st January and Friday 1st February 2013 At 10:00 in Seminar Room 3, Constable Building, University of Essex, Colchester Campus. Course overview Story tellings, and the narratives that…

Chicago Sociology

Chicago Sociology

To help with a class I am doing this week, I have put some material from my volume on Chicago Sociology on line.

Click here   for the Introduction to the Volumes

and Here  for  my 1999 article on new ethnography

and Here my recent article on labelling theory

Published in 1997, there are 4 Volumes.

On Cosmopolitanism

Ten Theses on Cosmopolitanism There exists a real humanistic universalism of differences (including sexual differences). Human difference is a sine qua non of human existence. I believe that these differences have to be a key subject for the human studies. There are perpetual conflicts about these differences (including sexual differences), the source of much human…

Quoting Humanisms


                                      We tell ourselves stories in order to live

                                                      Joan Didion, title of her collected stories.



Stories animate human life: that is their work.

Arthur W.Frank   Letting Stories Breathe


Narrative makes the earth habitable for human beings” Frank, again: p46




We have each of us, a life story, an inner narrative – whose continuity, whose sense is our lives…. A man needs such a narrative, a continuous inner narrative to maintain his identity…

Oliver Sachs  opening to The man who mistook his wife for a hat


Oliver Sachs


Quoting Humanisms

‘First of all, he said, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you”ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view..until you climb into their skin and walk around in it…. (page 41)

Harper Lee,  To Kill a Mockingbird

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