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Publication date: 12 August 2014

John M. Johnson

My father John Wilmer Johnson (1906–1995) died in 1995, but two years later a box of his personal effects was discovered in the attic. On the top of this 11″×6″×3″ box he…

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My father John Wilmer Johnson (1906–1995) died in 1995, but two years later a box of his personal effects was discovered in the attic. On the top of this 11″×6″×3″ box he had written “Everything in this box was, at one time, very important to me,” and he signed his name with the date June 14, 1983. Below this handwritten message was another; “Some of these things don’t seem so important now,” signed with his initials, and the date May 2, 1986. Below this another statement, “These seem even less important now,” dated 1995, the year of his death in November. What did this box contain? The contents are here remembered.

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Revisiting Symbolic Interaction in Music Studies and New Interpretive Works
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ISBN: 978-1-78350-838-9

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Publication date: 8 May 2009

Gail Whiteman, Thaddeus Müller and John M. Johnson

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the emotional experiences from qualitative research can enrich organization and management studies.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the emotional experiences from qualitative research can enrich organization and management studies.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper's approach includes a review of the literature in sociology, anthropology, psychology, and feminist studies, in which scholars have argued convincingly for the explicit need to acknowledge and utilize the emotions of researchers as they study social and organizational phenomenon. Also, past research is emotionally re‐written as reflexive examples.

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The use of emotions as qualitative researchers can enrich the understanding of organizational and social life by offering new questions, concepts, and theories. At the level of methodology, this leads one to develop and reflect upon an emotional and cognitive orientation of the field.

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The majority of narratives in organization studies remain sanitized, emotion‐less texts. While a discussion of researcher‐emotion can remain a back‐stage activity between colleagues over dinner, It is believed that much can be gained by a more explicit discussion.

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5648

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Publication date: 10 November 2021

Andrii Melnikov and John M. Johnson

Existentialist progenitors emphasized the contextual or situational nature of human action and meaning. This paper reviews some of these ideas and then compares how…

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Existentialist progenitors emphasized the contextual or situational nature of human action and meaning. This paper reviews some of these ideas and then compares how different approaches in sociology have embodied this view: symbolic interaction, dramaturgy, ethnomethodology, the California School of Existential Sociology, grounded theory methodology, and macro existential sociology. These perspectives will be compared to assess their relative emphases on the contextual or situational nature of human action and meaning.

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Publication date: 23 April 2013

John M. Johnson

Since the 1950s four distinct inductive research traditions developed in California, following the migrations of Herbert Blumer, Erving Goffman, Anselm Strauss, Harold…

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Since the 1950s four distinct inductive research traditions developed in California, following the migrations of Herbert Blumer, Erving Goffman, Anselm Strauss, Harold Garfinkel, Jack Douglas, and others. Each of these traditions has made intellectual, organizational, service, pedagogical, financial, and personal contributions to the growth and development of symbolic interaction.

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40th Anniversary of Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-783-2

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Publication date: 25 July 2008

John M. Johnson

If military cooks can consistently fuck-up the preparation of refried beans, why would one expect these nincompoops (I have learned to call this institutional rationality…

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If military cooks can consistently fuck-up the preparation of refried beans, why would one expect these nincompoops (I have learned to call this institutional rationality) to produce efficient killers in 4–6 months of basic training? The answer to this is obvious: they don’t. Before an individual comes into the military, they have been inculcated with celebratory military triumphalism for decades; these teachings come from parents, family members, peers, teachers, professors, history book lies, cinematic lies, mass media lies, religious lies, and a wide range of other cultural lies (see Goode, 1978). These cultural lies tell of the alleged or presumed challenges of outside forces, and of how these unprovoked aggressions are met with the heroic efforts of our own peace loving people. These cultural lies neglect to specify the complete social, economic, and political context, and the extent to which the aggressive acts were a response to other actions which preceded them. For America specifically, they neglect the Christian genocide of the indigenous peoples, and our own long-standing and consistent imperial actions from the Bay of Manila onward. The cultural lies purport to justify blood sacrifice of the young for the short-term hubris and conceits of the political, economic, and religious leaders.

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-84663-931-9

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Publication date: 30 September 2010

John M. Johnson

This brief narrative seeks to capture the 12-year relationship between the author and V. LeRoy Nash, who at 94 has been the oldest death row prisoner in the United States…

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This brief narrative seeks to capture the 12-year relationship between the author and V. LeRoy Nash, who at 94 has been the oldest death row prisoner in the United States since 1996. LeRoy's life includes many killings, and over 71 years in prison, before Johnson and Nash developed this unique father–son love relationship.

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-361-4

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Publication date: 31 March 2010

John M. Johnson

don't gain the world and lose your soul,wisdom is better than silver or gold.Bob Marley, ExodusEducation is of critical importance for living a meaningful life today…

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don't gain the world and lose your soul,wisdom is better than silver or gold.Bob Marley, ExodusEducation is of critical importance for living a meaningful life today. Education does not begin in school, and it does not end in school. Many important educational lessons begin in the home, arguably in the womb, where a mother's love and caring is communicated to the fetus even before birth. The human species has the longest dependency, so it is to be expected that young children learn much of importance in the home. When this early education builds a strong foundation, then formal schooling continues to build on this. When there are profound deficiencies in neonatal or early child care, formal schooling is greatly disadvantaged in its educational mission; the Romanian orphan children from Nicolea Ceausescu's regime illustrate this.

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-84950-961-9

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Publication date: 30 October 2009

John M. Johnson and Andrew Melnikov

Ukraine regained its independence in 1991, following over 7 decades of soviet domination, and about 300 years of Russian domination. Democracy and stable institutional…

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Ukraine regained its independence in 1991, following over 7 decades of soviet domination, and about 300 years of Russian domination. Democracy and stable institutional development have proven problematic for Ukraine since 1991, arguably more so than any of the other Eastern European countries. Unlike the increasing economic development in the other countries, for example, per capita GNP in Ukraine has decreased by approximately 50% in the last decade. President Viktor Yushchenko's “Orange Revolution” has promised certain westernized economic reforms, but political opposition has forced a new election scheduled for September 30, 2007.

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-84855-785-7

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Publication date: 10 October 2012

John M. Johnson, Francisco Alatorre, David Berg, Roy Janisch, Elizabeth McLin, Andrey Melnikov, Jennifer Murray, Scott Renshaw, Timothy Rowlands and Kyrsten Sinema

Purpose – With an acknowledgement to Benedict Anderson's seminal writings on “imagined communities,” this paper examines several meanings and uses of the concept of…

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Purpose – With an acknowledgement to Benedict Anderson's seminal writings on “imagined communities,” this paper examines several meanings and uses of the concept of imagination: theoretical, methodological, and substantive.

Methodology/approach – Application of these meanings are illustrated from eight qualitative researches, combining direct observations, interviews, participant observation, and document analysis.

Findings – Data are drawn from diverse settings, such as undocumented migrant communities, terrorism, Native American communities, collaborative divorce, nationalism, mass killers, players of video games, and genocide, to illustrate the potential uses and meanings of imagination.

Originality – These diverse researches illustrate the potential empirical and research contributions of these ideas.

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-057-4

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Publication date: 30 September 2010

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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