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Solitary Action: Acting on Our Own in Everyday Life

Ira J. Cohen


This book presents a unique and engaging view of the world of behaviors individuals perform by themselves. The book’s central claim is that solitary action, in its many diverse and often highly absorbing forms, is as prevalent in everyday life as the complimentary domain of social interaction. But, while there are numerous studies of social interaction, this is the first work in social theory to develop an understanding of what people do when they are on their own. Like many studies of interaction, by authors such as Mead, Goffman, and Garfinkel, the book focuses on forms of behavior rather th ... More

Keywords: action, social interaction, social theory, social action, Goffman, Garfinkel, Mead, context, reflexive, constraint

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190258573
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ira J. Cohen, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University