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A Sociology of the Absurd (2nd Edition) by Stanford M. Lyman, Marvin B. Scott

By Stanford M. Lyman, Marvin B. Scott

This paintings presents a crystallization and particularization of a college of sociological pondering variously referred to as "creative sociology," "existential sociology," "phenomenological sociology," "conflict theory," and "dramaturgical analysis." the result's a methodological synthesis of the "dual" visions of Erving Goffman and Harold Garfinkel.
This publication equips the reader with a framework for offering sufficient descriptions of these face-to-face encounters that make up way of life. This variation comprises essays now not present in the 1st version, in addition to a brand new advent that locates it within the spectrum of up to date theorizing.

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Beggars and hawkers will stake out a "territory" on the sidewalks or among the blocks and occupy it sometimes to the exclusion of all others similarly employed. The idle and unemployed will loiter on certain streetcorners, monopolizing the space, and frightening off certain respectable types with their loud, boisterous, or obscene language, cruel j ests, and suggestive leers . Members of racial and ethnic groups colonize a portion of the city and adorn it with their peculiar institutions, language, and rules of conduct.

Moving from one track to another is sometimes celebrated by a rite of passage; travelling along others is sometimes abruptly halted. Some people know just what time tracks they are on, how long they last, and when to change from one to another; others are startled by their discovery of a track, ignorant of its length, and confused about change. In any case, since social behavior takes place on time tracks, any social system may be conceived as an arrangement of time-specific activities . Briefly put, our purpose is to present the maj or analytical features of time tracks and to suggest a conceptual scheme for their study.

They are among the indicators of status or stigma. They can be signs of bravado, as was the dueling scar among German students, or of criminality as is a similar scar on Italians and Blacks in America. cturer regards one-eyed men as status symbols for starched shirts. Tattoos may memorialize one's mother or sweetheart as well as indicate one's seafaring occupation. The human organism exercises extraterritorial rights over both internal and external space. In the latter instance the space immediately surrounding a person is also inviolate.

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