Program SSSI Conference Lancaster2018


Program annual SSSI Conference

‘Whose side are we on?’

Power, Stigma, Transgresssion and Exclusion in Everyday Life.

Couch-Stone meeting / IX European SSSI conference

Lancaster University, UK, 4-6 July 2018


Wednesday 4 July 2018

8.00- registration Faraday Foyer


Session 1a: Social control and social work, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Avihu Shoshana, University of Haifa

-Whose voices do we choose to hear? Insights from designing social work research in an industry-university collaboration, Cooper, Kimberlea, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University, Victoria, Australia,

‘Affective attunements in the context of personal recovery. Relationships between individuals diagnosed as chronically mentally ill and social work staff in the field of community mental healthcare’, Dangel, Vera, Faculty Applied Social Science, RheinMain University of Applied Science, Germany,

Ethnographies of Therapeutic Governance and Agentic Resistance in Support Groups for Prisoner’s Wives, Shoshana, Avihu, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel,


Session 1b: Political Actions and Ideologies, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: William Force, Western New England University

-The Subversive Performances of Anonymity: Movements, Masks, and their Dynamic Meanings, DeGloma, Thomas, Department of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA,

-“Seeds Beneath the Snow: Mundane Anarchism on an Apolitical Campus”, Dow, Tyler Alexander, Nathan Gaiotti, & Nick Zelasko, Western New England University, USA, 

-“Civil anarchizing for the common good: an ethnography of politics of legitimacy in the climate justice movement”, Vandepitte, Ewoud, Department of Sociology, OASeS research group, UAntwerpen, Belgium,, Frédéric Vandermoere, Department of Sociology, OASeS research group, UAntwerpen, Lesley Hustinx, department of Sociology, CST, UGent


Session 1c: The Social Construction of LGBTQIA+ (1), Cavendish Colloquium Room

Presider: Ailsa Craig, Memorial University of Newfoundland

-“I will go out of my way, to be as myself as I can”: autistic individuals conceptualising and forming a gender identity, Kourti, Marianthi, School of Education, University of Birmingham,

-Do you read me? Incorporating gender literacy into qualitative research practice,

Craig, Ailsa, Dept. of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada,

(Re)producing and Resisting “Sexualities” in Everyday Life, Altice, Jessica M., Sociology, University of South Florida, USA,

10.30-10.45 break

10.45-12.00 keynote: Stacey Hannem: Risk Discourse, Structural Stigma, and the Exercise of Power, Frankland Lecture Theatre

12.00-13.00 lunch

12.00-13.30 SSSI Executive Council meeting

13.30-15.00: SSSI Publications Committee meeting


Session 2a: ‘Bridging’ and ‘Walling’ on the web, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Michael Dellwing, University of Kassel

-Bridges-over-the-Web: Media, Social Media, and Inuit Visions for Canada, Van Den Scott, Jeffrey D, School of Music, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada,

Status and Deference: The Reproduction of Power Hierarchy on Chinese Social Media,Tian, Xiaoli, Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong, China,

– Breaking the Asylum: Online Third Places, Dellwing, Michael, Robert Scherer, &Alessandro Tietz, Sociology, University of Kassel, Germany,


Session 2b: Community Life as Realms of Collectively Accomplished Theatres of Operation, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Scott Grills, Brandon University

-Applied Sociology or Microsociology? Misheva, Vessela, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden,

Herbert Blumer addresses “Acting Units,” “Generic Social Processes,” and “the Study of

Macrosociological Life-Worlds:” Community Life as Realms of Collectively Accomplished Theatres of Operation, Prus, Robert, University of Waterloo, Canada,

‘Get Involved!’ – A Micro Analysis of Betting Shop Announcements, Mc Namara, Cormac, Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland,


14.30 -14.45 break


Session 3a: Writing, Ethnography and Auto-ethnography, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Christine Leuenberger, Cornell University


-Parachuting Scientists into Policy Making: An Autoethnographic Account of the Role of Science in Government, Leuenberger, Christine, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, USA,

-Rebellious Publishing in the Aspiring Sciences, Lavin, Melissa, Women and Gender Studies, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA,

-Acquiring the Skills for Professional Academic Writing, Grant, Maria J, Liverpool John Moores University, UK,



Session 3b: Disabilities studies, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Sara E. Green, University of South Florida

-The Secondary Stigma of Disability: The Case of Blindness, Zhao, Shanyang & Ishmael A. Robinson, Sociology Department, Temple University, USA,

-Disabled body or ability-centric world? Gardien, Eve, Department of Sociology, University of Rennes, France,

-Perceptions of Humor as a Strategy of Stigma Resistance among University Students with Disabilities, Green, Sara E. & Shawn Chandler Bingham, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, USA,


Session 3c: Culture, media and art, Cavendish Colloquium Room

Presider: Dirk vom Lehn, King’s College London

-Eisner as Symbolic Interactionist? A Grounded Theory Approach to Graphic Novels, Bakker, J. I. (Hans) University of Guelph, Canada,

-“Don’t quit your day job”: TV & film depictions of policing as a secondary character role, Bielejewski, Aaron, University of Kassel, Germany,

Producing ‘joint action’ in Lindy Hop Dance Lessons, vom Lehn, Dirk & Saul Albert, King’s Business School, King’s College London, UK,

Meaning Making on Twitter Amid #Fancon Fallout, Wiest, Julie B, Sociology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA,

16.15 – 16.30 break

16.30-16.35 Some welcoming words of the (interim) Head of the Law School: Sigrun Skogly, Frankland Lecture Theatre

16.30 -17.45 keynote Staci Newmahr:  Transgression, Intimacy and Community: Playing Back the Edge, Frankland Lecture Theatre

19.00 dinner, 20.30 music: The Peloton (Ska, funk groove with spandex)

Thursday 5 July 2018

8.30 registration, 8.30-9.30 European SSSI board meeting


Session 4a: Qualitative methods: the role and the choices of the researcher, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Beata Pawlowska, University of Lodz

The triple outsider role as a basis for legitimation to do research at a German police academy, Dürr, Lisa, Sociology, University of Kassel, Germany,

-Considering the research act: fixing meaning through agential cuts, De Loo, Ivo, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK,

– Stigma and reflexivity: Coming out as a drug-using drug-researcher, Potter, Garry, Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University,


Session 4b: War, Music, Stigma and Transgression, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Lori Holyfield, University of Arkansas

-Singing Away War Trauma: Narrative and Catharsis, Holyfield, Lori, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, USA,,

-Hitler as a symbol in speech acts, Willis, Eva-Maria, University of Edinburgh, UK,

-The Myth of the club of 27. Stigma, commodification and transgression, Müller, Thaddeus, Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University, UK,

-The choir as a social salvation, a collective experience! Salvini, Andrea, Sociology, Department of Political Science, University of Pisa, Italy,



Session 4c: Health Studies, Cavendish Colloquium Room

Presider: Karen Staniland, University of Salford

-Lifestyle self-management experiences of South Asians post myocardial infarction, Davis, Dilla, School of Health and Society, University of Salford, UK,

– Exploring Engagement: A Grounded Theory Study of Young. People’s Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, Vickers, Jay, Institute of Health & Society, University of Worcester, UK, 

-Exploring Healthcare Professionals’ Decision Making when Managing the Care of Patients Diagnosed with End Stage Heart Failure -A Constructivist Grounded Theory, Higginbotham, Karen, University of Salford, UK,

-Shining light under the ‘veil of silence’: A constructivist grounded theory of lasting adverse effects of psychotherapy, Thana, Lavanya, Imperial College London, UK,

10.30-1045 break

10.45-12.00 keynote Ken Plummer: “Whose are we on?” revisited: On Narrative Power, Inequality and the Struggle for Human Value, Frankland Lecture Theatre

12.00-13.00 lunch, 12.00-13.00 SSSI Business meeting


Session 5a: Love and Sexualities, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: R. Plante, USA

-“Masculinities, Sexualities, and Love”, Aliraza, Javaid, Health and Social Sciences, University of West of England, Bristol, UK,

-Thinking about fucking: Intrapsychic sexual scripting research, Plante, R., USA

-Naming Sexual Desires: The Communicative Outlet in Sexual Self Emergence, Wahl, David W., Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, USA,


Session 5b: Grounded theory, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Krzysztof T. Konecki, University of Lodz

-Taking the Charmazian Turn: The Move Towards Critical Grounded Theory, Hadley, Gregory, Applied Linguistics and Western Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University, Japan,,,

-How email interviewing facilitates constant comparison within a constructivist grounded theory study, Jewitt-Beck, Rosie, Sport Coaching Research Group, Liverpool John Moores University, UK,

-Grounded theory and Phenomenology, Konecki, Krzysztof T. Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland,

-Iterating Grounded Theory Data Collection for Frame Analysis of Designers’ in Cloud Experiences, Naskova, Julija, Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany,


Session 5c: The Social Construction of LGBTQIA+ (2), Cavendish Colloquium Room

Presider: Magdalena Wojciechowska, University of Lodz

-The Good Gays, The Bad Gays, and The Ugly Gays: Divisions of Gay Identity Postgay Marriage in The United States, Conner, Chris, Sociology, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, USA,

-Am I a Good Mother? How Lesbian Mothers Negotiate Meaning, Wojciechowska, Magdalena, Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland,

The Process and Result of (Hyper)Categorization on Collective Action: The Case of LGBTQIA+ Carneiro, Nathalia & Maggie Cobb, Sociology, University of Tampa, USA,


14.30 -14.45 break


Session 6a: Professions and identity construction, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Melinda Milligan, Sonoma State University

Power, pride and shame in the everyday teacher’s work by T. Kemper and T. Scheff theories, Pawlowska, Beata, Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland,

Every Minute Spent: Exploring the World of Professional Organizing Experts, Milligan, Melinda, Sociology Department, Sonoma State University, USA,

Conceptualization of identity construction phenomena in empirical grounded theory articles, Kasperiuniene, Judita, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania,


Session 6b: Stigma and the construction of identity, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Eric O. Silva, Georgia Southern University

-Vapers like that make us look bad”: Identity work and stigma management among young adults who vape, Lewis, Ruth, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Scotland,

-Anomic Stigma: The Neutralization of Criticisms of Immigrant Detention Centers in the United States, Silva, Eric O., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern University, USA,

-The contested moral economies of local food hubs: De-stigmatising food poverty? Psarikidou, Katerina and Harris Kaloudis, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK,

Dramas of medicalization in everyday social network life, Harbusch, Martin und Michael Dellwing, Sociology, University of Kassel, Germany,


Session 6c: Author meets Critics: Emotions and Love, Cavendish Colloquium Room

Emma Engdahl (University of Gothenburg), Robert Dingwall (Nottingham Trent University) and Andrea Salvini (University of Pisa). Monograph: Emma Engdahl’s Depressive Love: A Social Pathology (Routledge 2018). Contact: Emma Engdahl,

16.15 break

16.30-16.35 Some welcoming words of the Dean of our Faculty (FASS): Simon Bainbridge, Frankland Lecture Theatre

16.30 -17.45 keynote Kathy Charmaz:  Experiencing Exclusion and Stigma: The Influence of Perspectives, Practices, and Policies on Living with Chronic Illness and Disability, Frankland Lecture Theatre

19.00 dinner, 20.00 Awards Ceremony SSSI, 21.15 music:  The Groove Cutters (funk and deep soul grooves, )

Friday 6 July 2018

9.00 registration-


Session 7a: Relating to ‘nature’, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Lisa-Jo K. Van den Scott, Memorial University of Newfoundland

-Trash. The symbolic-interactionist analysis of marginalized aspects of everyday life, Kacperczyk, Anna, Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland,

-Cat’s and Bird’s Eye Views of Urban Belonging: Understanding Ideological Divides among Animal Welfarists and Conservationists, Thompson, Carol Y. & Robert L. Young, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Texas Christian University, USA, c.thompson@tcu.ed

-Learning within Walls: Transmission of Knowledge in an Arctic Hamlet, Van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K., Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada,


Session 7b: The sociology of organisations/universities, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Scott Grills, Brandon University

-Dominance Encounters in University Management, Grills, Scott, Department of Sociology, Brandon University, Canada,

-The Games People Play: A Critical Study of ‘Resource Leeching’ in Neoliberal Universities, Hadley, Gregory, Applied Linguistics and Western Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University, Japan,,,

– Re-constructing the black box of peer review, Derrick, Gemma, Educational research, Lancaster University, UK,

Interactional Strategies and Academic Work of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Students on the EU’s Flagship Programme, Gulasaryan, Aleksandra, School of Education, University of Bristol, UK,


Session 7c: Student’s dissertations on Mass Murder, Prison and Policing and Media, Cavendish Colloquium Room

Presider: Thaddeus Müller, Lancaster University

Mass murderers: an integrated approach, Serrapica, Joan, Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University, UK,

Policing and Modern Media: The Social Media Practices of the Police and its Implications on their Representation, Pease, Emma, Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University, UK,

Women in the criminal justice system: state crime and the systematic failings of the state perpetuated against vulnerable women, Russel, Katrice, Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University, UK,

10.30-1045 break

10.45-12.00 keynote: Susie Scott: The unlived life is worth examining: nothings and nobodies behind the scenes, Frankland Lecture Theatre

12.00-13.00 lunch, 12.00-13.00 European SSSI Business meeting


Session 8a: Power, Trump, Rape and Dissent, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Presider: Christopher J. Schneider, Brandon University

-Images of Dissent:  Manifesting Discontent in the Modern World, McLin, Elisabeth, Criminology, Vancouver Island Research, Canada,

Beyond the Power Mystique (1999) Revisited: Re-engaging, Assessing and Extending “Power as Intersubjective Accomplishment”, Prus, Robert, University of Waterloo, Canada,

-The 2016 “rape election”: An analysis of news media coverage of the politicization of sexual misconduct, Schneider, Christopher J. , Sociology, Brandon University,  Canada, SchneiderC@BrandonU.CA & Hannem, Stacey, Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada,

-Taking the Role of the Other in Submission, Blasko, Andrew, Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,

————————————————————————————————————-Session 8b: Underdogs, Police, Justice and Prison, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Presider: Luca Follis, Lancaster University

-In the Prison’s Shadow: Mapping Digital Exclusion and Resistance in Carceral Space, Follis, Luca, Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University, UK,

-Participation statuses and storytelling in restorative justice conferences, Smith, Greg and Chris Birkbeck, School of Health and Society, University of Salford, UK,

-Policing, defining death, strangers. Natural Deaths and Unknown Persons: The Process of Creating Identity, Pogrebin, Mark R. School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, USA.

14.30-14.45 break


Session 9a: Authors meet Critic, Sociological perspectives on self-injury, Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Baptiste Brossard (Australian National University), Amy Chandler (The University of Edinburgh), Celia Roberts (Lancaster University), Monographs: Amy Chandler’s (2016) Self-Injury, Medicine and Society: Authentic Bodies. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave McMillan; Baptiste Brossard’s (2018). Why do we Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life, Bloomington (US): University of Indiana Press. Contact: Baptiste Brossard,


Session 9b: Author meets Critics, Policing and Social Media, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Christopher J. Schneider (Brandon University), Julie Wiest (West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Aaron Bielejewski (University of Kassel, Germany) Monograph: Christopher J. Schneider Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) Contact: Christopher Schneider, SchneiderC@BrandonU.CA

16.15 break

16.30 -17.45 keynote Imogen Tyler: Stigma Machines, Frankland Lecture Theatre

19.00 BBQ, 20.00 music: Sonido (Spanish Ensemble, ).


Keynote Speakers

Kathy Charmaz:

Experiencing Exclusion and Stigma: The Influence of Perspectives, Practices, and Policies on Living with Chronic Illness and Disability

Chronically ill and disabled people commonly experience both subtle and dramatic exclusionary and stigmatizing incidents and practices that affect their moral status.  What are these experiences like for people with physical limitations?  How might their past and present perspectives about illness and disability influence how they define their current situations?  In which ways does the extent of visible disability shape their experience? I will address such questions and delineate the effects of being excluded and stigmatized on the person’s relationships, self and identity, and moral worth.  Last, I consider how neo-liberal policies intensify exclusionary and stigmatizing practices affecting chronically ill and disabled people.


Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. Her academic background is in sociological social psychology, medical sociology, sociological theory, and qualitative methods. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time, which received awards from the Pacific Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis, which received a Critics’ Choice award from the American Educational Studies Association. A four-volume co-edited set is currently in production and a second edition of Constructing Grounded Theory will soon be completed. Her recent multi-authored books are Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation. Dr. Charmaz’s scholarly interests include symbolic interactionist social psychology, sociological theory, qualitative methods, health and illness, the social development of self, and the social psychology of time. She has received the Goldstein award for scholarship from Sonoma State University, and the George Herbert Mead award for Lifetime Achievement and the Feminist Mentors award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.


Staci Newmahr:

Transgression, Intimacy and Community: Playing Back the Edge

I began an ethnographic study of a BDSM community in early 2002, in a New York City still reeling from the attacks of 9/11. Four years later, I left the field and began writing what would become Playing on the Edge. After over a decade, I interview key informants and core community members, with three aims. First, in keeping with anthropological tradition in revisiting the field, I interrogate my central argument: that experiences we consider “intimate” are the results of boundary transgressions. Secondly, I investigate the impact of the social climate at the time, and how cultural changes since then have affected the community. Finally, I explore connections among sadomasochism and other transgressive practices and identities. New lines of inquiry have also led to new theoretical approaches; situating my informants’ current perspectives and more recent experiences against broader cultural changes over the past decade, I revisit themes of marginality, transgression and intimacy.


Staci Newmahr earned her PhD at Stony Brook University in 2007. She is the author of Playing on the Edge (2011) and co-editor of Selves, Symbols and Sexualities. She has also published in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Symbolic Interaction, Qualitative Sociology and Qualitative Sociology Review. She served as Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction from 2011-2016, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Sexuality. Her research foci are gender, nonconformity, risk, emotion and ethnographic methods. She is currently finishing participant-observation research of women involved in New Age healing practices, and working on her second book. Next year, Dr. Newmahr will be a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, where she will study transgressive leisure practices throughout the North. She is Associate Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Buffalo State.


 Ken Plummer:

“Whose Side Are We On?” Revisited: On Narrative Power, Inequality and The Struggle for Human Value

‘To have values or not to have values: the question is always with us’. And so Howard S. Becker opened his celebrated Presidential Address, Whose Side are we on? at the American Society for the Study of Social Problems in 1967. Today, a half-century later, this conference returns to this puzzle – and Becker, with his key idea of the ‘hierarchy of credibility’.

My talk will fall into three parts. I start by briefly reviewing Becker and some key developments in our understanding of values and ideology since that time. The body of my talk will then turn to my new book Narrative Power, and introduce some key ideas about narrative power, narrative inequalities and narrative exclusion, sketching out a basic model of intersectional and locational power which highlights Domination, Exclusion, Negotiation and Resistance. I highlight the dynamics of the subordinated standpoint and narrative othering, drawing out a wide range of examples where these processes are featured and suggest many of us tacitly work with this in our studies. I end with a discussion of the importance of trying to understand the struggle for human value throughout history, one that is grounded upon our embodied and emotional humanity. I suggest what some of these values might look like. Knowing our values helps us to understand better whose side we are on.


Ken Plummer is Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Essex where he taught and researched between 1975 and 2005. In 1996, he became the founder editor of the journal Sexualities. His earliest research, starting with Sexual Stigma: An Interactionist Account (1975) and The Making of the Modern Homosexual (1981) was concerned with helping to develop a theoretical orientation for the then emerging lesbian, gay and queer studies.  In follow up work on sexual diversities, he championed the use of life story research in sociology and the importance of studying sexual stories, published in Documents of Life, 1983 (2nd ed. 2001) and Telling Sexual Stories (1995).  His recent work takes a more explicitly political and critical turn with Intimate Citizenship (2003) and Cosmopolitan Sexualities (2015).  He retired early because of ill health. He has always identified with symbolic interactionism; but these days calls himself a critical humanist.  Forthcoming books are Narrative Power: Creating Human Stories for a Sustainable World (2018) and Critical Humanism: A Manifesto for Human Flourishing (2019).


Imogen Tyler:

Stigma Machines

 The imposition of stigma is the commonest form of violence used in democratic societies (Pinker 1971, 175).

In their 2017 annual report Amnesty International detailed ‘a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics’, in which ‘the idea of human dignity and equality’ was ‘under vigorous and relentless assault from powerful narratives of blame, fear and scapegoating, propagated by those who sought to take or cling on to power’ (Amnesty 2017). It is the thesis of my current research that stigma is a productive intersectional lens through which to understand better these prevailing social conditions of ‘division and dehumanization’. In this talk I will introduce my forthcoming monograph, Stigma Machines, which develops a new historically informed account of the social and political function of stigmatization as an instrument of social policy and constituent mechanism of the state’s coercive apparatus. To reconceptualise stigma in ways that explicate its function as a form of political power Stigma Machines draws on the long penal history of stigma, including material practices of penal tattooing, branding and badging and contemporary forms of symbolic violence. Stigma Machines draws on an extensive body of archival research, social history, political speeches, policy documents and media representations to examine how stigma politics is exercised through dehumanizing classificatory practices. Stigma is crafted and activated to govern populations on multiple scales and in diverse sites. The governmental practices examined in Stigma Machines include: institutional and technological practices of stigma power exercised by governments, judiciary and police; forms of “stigmacraft” employed by “stigma industries” such as think tanks, public relations, news media and entertainment corporations; everyday stigma interactions such as racist, disablist and misogynistic hate speech.


Imogen Tyler is a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. She is a social theorist and sociologist of inequalities and borders (of multiple kinds). Imogen’s research is concerned with social inequalities, power, injustice and resistance. In 2010, Imogen was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and the major outcome of this fellowship was the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (London: Zed Books, 2013). In 2014, Imogen was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize which is supporting her current research project on stigma and inequality. The major outcomes of this project will be a Sociological Review monograph on ‘The Sociology of Stigma’ (2018) edited with Tom Slater, and a single-authored book provisionally entitled ‘Stigma Machines’ (in progress), along with a series of peer-reviewed journal articles.

Susie Scott:

The unlived life is worth examining: nothings and nobodies behind the scenes

Do we have a social and moral duty to ourselves to examine ‘the other side’ of our own lives? The roads we have not taken, the selves we did not become, reflect choices and constraints that hold significance and meaning, persisting throughout our lives. These negative phenomena are the underdogs of social selfhood: transgressive, ghostly forms that haunt us and yet remain unmarked, unexplored, under-studied. Through my project on ‘the sociology of nothing’, I turn over the mirror to consider the biographical importance of these negative symbolic forms: the ‘no-things’ people have not done, had or experienced, the ‘no-bodies’ that they have missed. Analysing narrative data from 24 personal stories, I identify themes of silence, invisibility and emptiness, and explore different emotional reflections upon lost opportunities. Through a symbolic interactionist lens, I consider the micro-social, relational contexts in which the ‘non-events’ of life occur and how they are negotiated. Finally, I suggest that we perform reverse narrative identity work upon our undone selves, imagining the alternate realities a ‘non-Me’ could have known and the social worlds it might inhabit. All of this suggests that negative phenomena are powerful, for nothing really matters.



Susie Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK. Her research interests are in micro-social theories, particularly Goffman, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology and existentialism, and their application to applied topics of self-identity and everyday life. She is the author of Shyness and Society (Palgrave, 2007), Making Sense of Everyday Life (Polity, 2009), Total Institutions and Reinvented Identities (Palgrave, 2011), and Negotiating Identity (Polity, 2015), and is currently preparing The Sociology of Nothing (Routledge, 2019). She has published widely on a range of empirical topics from a symbolic interactionist perspective, including shyness, performance art, asexuality, mental health, total institutions and swimming.


Stacey Hannem:

Risk Discourse, Structural Stigma, and the Exercise of Power


Goffman (1963) provided us with an explanation of the operation of stigma in micro-interactions. However, his definition and explication of the experiences and processes of stigmatization predate what many consider to be the most major shift in discourse and categorization to develop in the 20th century – the rise of the language of risk.  In this presentation I discuss the intersections of risk discourse and stigma, and illustrate, drawing on some of my own empirical work, the shift toward structural stigma as an exercise of power and governance. I argue that contemporary “common-sense” understandings and usage of the term stigma emphasize negative individual interactions while ignoring the ways that risk categorizations, even in seemingly benign contexts, create structural disadvantage and serve to “other” stigmatized individuals. I argue that a focus on stigma at the micro-interactional level, particularly in destigmatization campaigns, obscures more pervasive and problematic structural stigmas, couched in the language of risk management, that permit systematic marginalization.


Stacey Hannem is associate professor and chair in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and incoming Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Her research interests are broadly linked theoretically around the experience of stigma and marginality, particularly the implications of crime and the criminal justice system for families, sex work legislation and policy, and the use of law and policy to regulate risk. She is co-editor (with Chris Bruckert) of Stigma Revisited: Implications of the Mark (University of Ottawa Press, 2012) and lead editor of a forthcoming volume, Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice: Critical Perspectives (Canadian Scholars Press, 2018). She has recently published in Symbolic Interaction, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Deviant Behavior.


Pre-Conference  ‘Constructivist Grounded Theory’ Workshop by Kathy Charmaz

On 2 and 3 July 2018 Professor Kathy Charmaz will give a two-day course on Grounded Theory based on her book ‘Constructing Grounded Theory’ (2014).

A brief description by Kathy Charmaz

Grounded theory expedites your work, extends its conceptual reach and power, and enriches your research experience. This workshop gives you a guided tour through grounded theory strategies with stops along the way for you to apply what you are learning. I will compare earlier versions of grounded theory with the constructivist revision and show why the latter fits symbolic interactionism. I treat grounded theory as a set of flexible guidelines to adopt, apply, and alter to fit specific research problems, not to apply mechanically. Using grounded theory helps you conduct systematic research and, moreover, construct fresh ideas about your data. The sessions cover an overview of basic guidelines and hands-on exercises. I will offer tips about data gathering, reflexivity, and raising the conceptual level of your analysis. We will discuss relationships between qualitative coding, developing analytic categories and generating theory and will attend to specific grounded theory strategies of coding, memo-writing, theoretical sampling, and using comparative methods. You will receive guided practice in using each analytic step of the grounded theory method.

If you have started a qualitative research project, do plan to bring some data to work on for most of the exercises. If you do not have data, 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. We will send you instructions on exactly what to bring before the workshop. No prior experience with grounded theory or in-depth knowledge of symbolic interactionism is required for this workshop. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will start with the basics and move through the process. And we will have loads of fun as we proceed! Constructivist grounded theory makes your work exciting and enjoyable!

Those who are attending the workshop can combine it with participating in the conference. Go to the registration page for further details.


Monday, July 2, 2018

9:00–10:30   Session 1

 Welcome and Introductions

 Introduction to Grounded Theory

 Symbolic Interactionist Sensitizing Concepts

 Using Constructivist Grounded Theory for Critical Inquiry

10:30–10:45—Coffee/Tea Break

10:45–12:00             Session 2

Initial Coding—Logic and Form

Practice Coding Exercise —Everyone works on the same data

Discussion of Coding Exercise


13:00–14:30 Session 3

Individual Coding Exercise—Either work on your own data, or the data we provide.

Code the data according to grounded theory guidelines

            Identify the most telling codes

            Jot down your criteria for the most telling codes

            Discussion of Coding Exercise

            Studying Your Codes and Developing Reflexivity

Identifying Leads and Gaps–Study your codes from the Individual Coding Exercise            

            What leads and gaps do you define? In the data? In the codes? List your leads and gaps

14:3–14:45–Coffee/Tea Break

14:4–16:15   Session 4

            Focused Coding

            Comparing Data to Codes

Focused Coding Exercise

                        Prewriting Exercise

Introduction to Memo-writing

16:15–17:00 Discussion and Reflections

18.00 DINNER

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

9:00–10:30   Session 1


Practice Memo-writing Exercise—Everyone works on his/her focused codes from the Practice Coding Exercise

10:30–10:45—Coffee/Tea Break

10:45–12:00            Session 2

Raising Codes to Categories

            Clustering Exercise

Memo-writing Exercise—Work on your earlier codes and the data from which you constructed these codes or on our materials that you coded yesterday afternoon


13:00–14:30           Session 3

            Theoretical Sampling—Filling out Categories

            Exercise in Planning Theoretical Sampling

            Ordering Memos

            Comparing Category to Category


14:30–14:45—Coffee/Tea Break

14:45–16:15             Session 4

            Enriching Grounded Theory through Symbolic Interactionism

Criteria for Qualitative Studies

            Example of Grounded Theory Writing

            Example of Grounded Theory Analysis

                        Exercise—Improving Your Grounded Theory Research and Writing

16:15–17:00 Discussion and Reflections

            Developing Methodological Self-Consciousness

Writing Tips and Editorial Advice

Grounded Theory Logic and Practice                  

 18.00 DINNER