The Intcractionist Study Of Social Organization: A Note On Method

Norman K. Denzin

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A symbolic interactionist approach to the study of social organizations is specified. Materials are drawn from an on‐going investigation of the American liquor industry, which is treated as a fragmented organization. The core actors, activities and interactional locales of the industry are identified. The problems of establishing a historical baseline for a case study are discussed, as are the problems of confronting archival data, locating informants, and establishing interactive linkages. The stages in writing a case history of an organization are presented and illustrated with examples drawn from the American liquor industry. 1979 Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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