By Stanford M. Lyman, Marvin B. Scott

This paintings offers a crystallization and particularization of a college of sociological considering 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 lifestyle. This version contains essays no longer present in the 1st variation, in addition to a brand new creation that locates it within the spectrum of latest theorizing.

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3 But time tracks are not the sole possession of historians nor do they arise only in the creative imagination of perceptive writers. One of the ubi­ quitous dimensions of ordinary life, they are recognized as maj or elements of careers, as crucial factors in family life, and as routine parts of everyday occasions. 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.

7 8 To the extent that the sociologists accept these statistics as symbols of the "raw" reality which they wishes to understand, they fail to grasp the fundamental issue of the meaningless world . Thus suicide rates are not raw data; they are constructions of realities made by officials who must categorize dead bodies . 79 The first order of business, then, in a sociological analysis of suicide, is the discovery of how a corpse becomes a suicide. Despite the many sociological studies of suicide, this prior task has hardly been under­ taken.

Slow speech and body movement are taken as symptoms of depressive states, while the opposite behavior pattern is evidence of a manic condition. In evaluating speed of action as a sign of mental illness, the social situation is taken into account. An impression of severe mental 40 A SOCIOLOGY OF THE ABSURD illness is given, for example, "by the patient who is on the grounds when it begins to rain and who, unlike others caught outside, does not walk faster or pull his clothes more tightly about him.

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