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  1. The Interaction Order Sui Generis: Goffman's Contribution to Social Theory.Anne Warfield Rawls - 1987 - Sociological Theory 5 (2):136-149.
    Goffman is credited with enriching our understanding of the details of interaction, but not with challenging our theoretical understanding of social organization. While Goffman's position is not consistent, the outlines for a theory of an interaction order sui generis may be found in his work. It is not theoretically adequate to understand Goffman as an interactionist within the dichotomy between agency and social structure. Goffman offers a way of resolving this dichotomy via the idea of an interaction order which is (...)
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    Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim's the Elementary Forms of Religious Life.Anne Warfield Rawls - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
    Anne Warfield Rawls argues that, although Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religion is the crowning achievement of his sociological accomplishments, it has been consistently misunderstood. Rather than a work on primitive religion or the sociology of knowledge, Rawls asserts that Durkheim's analysis represents an attempt to establish a unique epistemological basis for the study of sociology and moral relations. Based on detailed analysis of the primary text, this book will be an important and original contribution to contemporary debates on social (...)
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    “Race” as an Interaction Order Phenomenon: W.E.B. Du Bois's “Double Consciousness” Thesis Revisited.Anne Warfield Rawls - 2000 - Sociological Theory 18 (2):241-274.
    This article reports on a study of interaction between Americans who self-identify as Black and White that reveals underlying expectations with regard to conversation that differ between the two groups. These differences seem not to have much to do with class or gender, but rather vary largely according to self-identification by "race." The argument of this paper will be that the social phenomena of "race" are constructed at the level of interaction whenever Americans self-identified as Black and White speak to (...)
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    Language, Self, and Social Order: A Reformulation of Goffman and Sacks.Anne Warfield Rawls - 1989 - Human Studies 12 (1-2):147 - 172.
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    Accountably Other: Trust, Reciprocity and Exclusion in a Context of Situated Practice.Anne Warfield Rawls & Gary David - 2005 - Human Studies 28 (4):469-497.
    The first part of this paper makes five points: First, the problem of Otherness is different and differently constructed in modern differentiated societies. Therefore, approaches to Otherness based on traditional notions of difference and boundary between societies and systems of shared belief will not suffice; Second, because solidarity can no longer be maintained through boundaries between ingroup and outgroup, social cohesion has to take a different form; Third, to the extent that Otherness is not a condition of demographic, or belief (...)
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    Durkheim and Pragmatism: An Old Twist on a Contemporary Debate.Anne Warfield Rawls - 1997 - Sociological Theory 15 (1):5-29.
    Durkheim's lectures on pragmatism, given in 1913-14, constitute both a significant critique of pragmatism and a clarification of Durkheim's own position. Unfortunately, these lectures have received little attention, most of it critical. When they have been taken seriously, the analysis tends to focus on their historical context and not on the details of Durkheim's actual argument. This is partly because the tendency to interpret Durkheim's theory of knowledge in idealist terms makes a nonsense of his criticisms of pragmatism. It is (...)
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    Can Rational Choice Be a Foundation for Social Theory?Anne Warfield Rawls - 1992 - Theory and Society 21 (2):219-241.
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    Wittgenstein, Durkheim, Garfinkel and Winch: Constitutive Orders of Sensemaking.Anne Warfield Rawls - 2011 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (4):396-418.
    This paper proposes an approach to the question of meaning and understanding based on the idea of constitutive rules and their relationship to the social objects they are used to create. This approach implicates mutual attention as an essential aspect of the social processes constitutive of social objects and mutual intelligibility. Social objects as such include the meaning, perception and coherence of things, identities and talk, etc. There is a relatively unexplored but important line of argument in sociology that has, (...)
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    Interaction as a Resource for Epistemological Critique.Anne Warfield Rawls - 1984 - Sociological Theory 2:222-252.
    The existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre is critiqued from the point of view of Goffmanian sociology of everyday life. Despite many parallels between the two positions, the philosophical viewpoint should not be taken as necessarily more sophisticated than the sociological. Meaning, self, and institutional order are interactional achievements, and thus studies in conversational analysis and ethnomethodology become the basis for a critique of epistemology.
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    Interaction Vs. Interaction Order: Reply to Fuchs.Anne Warfield Rawls - 1988 - Sociological Theory 6 (1):124-129.
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    Simmel, Parsons and the Interaction Order.Anne Warfield Rawls - 1989 - Sociological Theory 7 (1):124-129.
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    Reply to "the Interaction Order and the Micro-Macro Distinction".Anne Warfield Rawls - 1992 - Sociological Theory 10 (1):129-132.
  13. Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim's the Elementary Forms of Religious Life.Anne Warfield Rawls - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this original and controversial book Professor Rawls argues that Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life is the crowning achievement of his sociological endeavour and that since its publication in English in 1915 it has been consistently misunderstood. Rather than a work on primitive religion or the sociology of knowledge, Rawls asserts that it is an attempt by Durkheim to establish a unique epistemological basis for the study of sociology and moral relations. By privileging social practice over beliefs and (...)
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