ON THE SOCIOLOGY OF STRANGERS
I have come to realize that I have long term interests in the "sociology of the stranger". After Thirty years of combing through the texts of Simmel, Park, Schutz, Goffman, Bauman, Parker, Lofland, Sennett I want to organize my thought and observations.
Of course, much of my work stems from Erving Goffman's Behavior in Public Places and his notion of "civil inattention". I am also interested in queuing and territorial behavior in public places. For years I have studied "breaches" to the norm of "civil inattention" and published a piece in the Ventura Star some decade ago on that topic..
A lot of new young scholars are developing interesting perspectives that I hope to highlight in "Doing Modernity".
I have contemplated assembling a course reader.
Today I am highlighting the work of Brian Lande, an ethnomethodologically oriented scholar on stranger encounters.