Interaction, Culture, Small Groups. Conversation with Gary Alan Fine

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Keywords: Small groups, symbolic interactionism, agency, rumors, reputations, ethnographic approach

In April 2008 some members of the editorial board of "Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa" interviewed Gary Alan Fine. The informal interview touched on several topics, some related to Fine's work, some to his views about ethnography in the context of American sociology. Some of the themes discussed were the intersection of social structure, interaction and culture; the relationship between agency and social constraint, particularly in small groups; symbolic interactionism and the «second» Chicago school; some of Fine's recent work on rumors, collective memory and reputations, art and language; some aspects of the ethnographic approach.

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