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Interaction, discourse and the subject

  • William Housley
Original Article


During the course of this paper, I examine the concepts of ‘discourse’ and the ‘subject’ in relation to social organization and action. The paper argues that these concepts represent a form of explanation that reduces the complexity of the social. Through a reconnection with processes relating to social organization and action, the paper argues that the current ‘deepening’ of subjectivity can be informed by sociological ideas. Indeed, the paper makes the claim that moves to develop the concept of subjectivity through ‘interiority’ and ‘relationality’ would benefit from a dialogue with interactionist ideas. The paper discusses three programmes of work that illustrate how subjectivity can be informed through a reconnection with interactionist sociology.


subjectivity interaction people-processing degradation-ceremonies passing social organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Housley
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  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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