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).
The new approach is founded on human rights, microsociology
, and ideas from social construction.
Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology
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.
Marriage and the construction of reality: An exercise in the microsociology
29) A microsociology
of local actors, of their interests and strategies, is necessary to understand their different reactions when sanctions are imposed.
The symbolic anthropology championed by Victor Turner derives its analogies from theater, as does the microsociology
of Erving Goffman.
However, their microsociology
needs to be modified to take account of the affect theory of Silvan Tomkins and Donald Nathanson.
Winter (1985), "The Microsociology
of Housing," Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, St.
366-383 in Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology
Moreover, the book's intention is not only to pay attention to the microsociology
of crime -- the interactional strategies and personal politics out of which a criminal event is constructed -- but to link this microsociology
to a macrosociological analysis of "background factors" like social class and ethnicity.