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the level of sociological analysis in which the focus is on face-to-face interactions in everyday life, on behaviour in groups, etc. (see SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM, ETHNOMETHODOLOGY). While often concerned with understanding individual meanings (see MEANINGFUL UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLANATION), microsociology does not confine itself to particular forms of explanatory accounts. Compare MACROSOCIOLOGY.



one of the names given to a school in bourgeois sociology that arose in the 1920’s and that studies interaction in small groups as the basic model for all social relations. The term is usually applied to the theories of G. Gurvitch and J. Moreno. A more widely used term is “sociometry.”

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With reference to their term "global microstructures," Knorr Cetina and Bruegger (2002:908) propose that "[i]f the hallmark of microsociology in the past was its emphasis on local social forms, then we should extend the field to corresponding research on genuinely global social forms.
Em um classico artigo de sociologia interacionista, Marriage and the construction of reality: an exercise in the microsociology of marriage, Peter Berger e Hansfried Kellner (14) analisam o impacto do arranjo conjugal na subjeti-vidade dos parceiros.
But for an account of how this novel exhibits a microsociology informed by game theory, see Mark Seltzer's essay "Playing Dead: Crime as a Social System," published in Crime Culture: Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film (Continuum, 2011).
Microsociology, concrete sociological studies in psychiatry, Bulletin of the Academy of Medical Sciences [Vestnik AMN SSSR], in Russian
The Naturalization of Violence: Mediatic Microsociology in the Light of the Deficit of Public Discourse
The new approach is founded on human rights, microsociology, and ideas from social construction.
Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology.
lt;<Conversion and Cognition: An Area for Empirical Study in the Microsociology of Religious Knowledge>>, Social Compass 23 (1976) 5-22.
Ingeniously combining the microsociology of Erving Goffman and Harvey Sacks with the critical theory of Foucault, Latour, Hacking, and others; written in compelling and clear prose; and thick with ethnographic detail, Bureaucrats & Bleeding Hearts is a must-read book for scholars interested in the state of indigenous care in Australia and the disciplinary nature of bureaucracies more generally.
As Bourdieu (1988, 1996) has astutely noted in many other contexts, careers are at stake here, and the microsociology of everyday life in this way contributes to the perpetuation of macrosocial structures of wealth and poverty as careers take their place among the vested interests supporting the current imbalance of trade.
29) A microsociology of local actors, of their interests and strategies, is necessary to understand their different reactions when sanctions are imposed.