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The CB handle is used as a means of exploring voluntary identity‐making among adult CBers. While only an exploratory study, gender appeared to be the most deeply embedded adult identification. Other, apparently less deeply embedded, identities were found in occupation (white‐ versus...
Couples who live apart present a unique opportunity to study the consequences of tampering with our culture's marital co‐residence norm. Interviews with 37 spouses, representing members of 21 couples who are legally married and who live apart in service to career demands of both, suggest that...
The newcomers' situation necessarily involves change and a variety of adjustment processes. In this situation the self may come into question and become an object of conscious reflection and definition. This paper focuses on the processes of change and continuity in the newcomer's self‐concept...
Self transformation as a personal and shared social experience is shown to be achievable through distance running. Ethnographic materials, extensive interviews, and questionnaire results obtained over a two‐year period show how distance running becomes a meaningful activity that is central to a...
Approaching the topic of American leader‐image from the perspective of politics‐as‐theater (political communication as exchange of symbols), this paper examines a taken‐for‐granted visual symbol which a national political leader is invariably expected to present: a wife. Her...
In this paper, an attempt is made to apply the methodological principles of SimmeFs formal sociology to fieldwork and, thus, to lay out systematically the methodological foundations of “analytical field research.” The paper centers around three major methodological principles: (a) shifting...
In this paper I focus on how women in their first year of medical school build biographies of fitness as a means of negotiating the status of peer in a male‐dominated group. Their goal is to negotiate a master status and primary identity as medical student. They do this by making gender, a key...
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