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eBook Negotiating Identity – Symbolic Interactionist Approaches to Social Identity
Identity is never just an individual matter; it is intricately shaped by our experiences of social life. Taking a Symbolic Interactionist approach, and drawing on Goffman’s dramaturgical theory, Susie Scott explores the micro-social processes of interaction through which identities are created, maintained, challenged and reinvented. With a focus on empirical studies as illustrations, classic sociological theory is applied to contemporary examples. Each chapter focuses on a key dimension of how identities are negotiated in the drama of everyday life, from politeness and face-saving rituals to secrecy, lies and deception. Goffman’s ideas are explored in relation to self-presentation, role-making, group interaction and public behaviour, while language and discourse are shown to help people to give credible identity performances and to frame social situations. The book reveals how social selves change over the life course through stigma, labelling and deviant careers, and how life in a total institution can radically transform its members’ identities. Through all of these processes, self and society are shown to be intertwined. This insightful approach will appeal to students taking a range of courses in the sociology of the self, identity, interaction and everyday life
Psychology: an introduction for New Zealand Students covers the five strands of psychology as taught in senior Psychology classes in New Zealand secondary schools. This is an introductory level textbook that includes theories and explanations with real-life New Zealand examples of psychology in action. It is suitable for both new and experienced psychology teachers. It can supplement existing psychology courses at NCEA Level 1 and 2, or be the basis for new courses established by first time teachers. Also included is a range of questions, activities and possible inquiries aimed at equipping students with the skills to complete NCEA psychology standards.
An edited collection of readings exploring sociological and social psychological analysis of extreme situations
From Slavery to 9/11: Readings in the Sociology and Social Psychology of Extreme Situations explores the social structure of total institutions and extreme situations and survival and coping mechanisms used by the people who have been affected by these institutions and events.
Topics include many of the defining events of the 19th and 20th centuries and the beginning of the 21st century: institutionalized slavery; genocidal atrocities and the Holocaust; September 11, 2001; and Hurricane Katrina.
Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
- Explore historical and contemporary events
- Make connections between the institutions and events explored in the book
- Understand how people in total institutions, survivors of man-made disasters, and victims of natural disasters cope with their experiences
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About the Author
Sidney Langer holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology. His areas of specialization include crime, delinquency, and the sociology of deviant behavior. Dr. Langer is professor of sociology at Kean University in New Jersey, where he has been a faculty member since 1975. Dr. Langer is a past recipient of Outstanding Teacher of the Year, awarded by Alpha Sigma Lambda- The National Honor Society for Adult Learners in Continuing Higher Education- Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kean University.
One of the noteworthy global achievements of the past two decades has been the remarkable increase in thenumber of children attending school and the number of children completing the primary cycle. As more children start school, the focus has shifted toward the quality of their education—on true learning, not just schooling. The critical role played by teachers to enhance the quality of education is especially salient in a populous, geographically dispersed, and culturally diverse country such as Indonesia. With close to three million teachers, Indonesia has one of the largest and most diverse cadres of educators in the world. The comprehensive Teacher and Lecturer Law, approved by the Indonesian government in 2005, radically reformed the management and development of those teachers. Teacher Reform in Indonesia: The Role of Politics and Evidence in Policy Making features a comprehensive analysis of the teaching profession and the impact of recent reforms, which included the doubling of a teacher’s basic pay once he/she satisfies the conditions necessary for certification—a factor that has improved the status ofteachers and attracted better candidates to teacher training institutions. This book provides a description of the political and economic context in which the reform was developed and implemented as wellas an analysis of how the reform affected teacher quality and student outcomes. The book’s framework promotes an approach to reforms based on improving the nature of teacher recruitment; preservice education; induction, mentoring, and probation; formal certification; continuing professional development; teacher performance appraisal; and ongoing career development. The recent history of teacher reform in Indonesia can inform other countries seeking to improve their educational systems and, ultimately, the success of their teachers and students. This book should therefore be of particular interest to Ministries of Education that contemplate similar reforms and development agencies and practitioners that seek to support country efforts to strengthen the teaching profession.