"Deconstructing Playing With Katie"As for the first title, from time to time there has been a commenter on this blog who has signed her remarks "Katie." I don't know if she is related to the play-object who the first paper will deconstruct as an enthralled audience looks on (I get the liver!). As the famous cartoon caption says, "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog."
"Rethinking the Interaction Order: Sociability Among Pigeons and People"
"The Political Economy of Beef: Oppression of Cows and Other Devalued Groups in Latin America"
"The Demographics of Change in Human-Horse Relationships"
I think I might start using "Deconstructing Playing with Katie" as my general answer to questions about the state or future of sociology. Like, yesterday, someone sent me a casual e-mail asking where I thought sociology was heading. I had to tell them that, regrettably, I was a little busy to type back an essay outlining my thoughts on the direction of the discipline. But now I think I'll just say: "Deconstructing Playing with Katie." And so on, especially for any questions about the credibility of sociology or its public perception: "Deconstructing Playing with Katie."
Update, 4PM: In response to requests from those who may not be as familiar with navigating the ASA website, the (yes, actual) abstracts of two of the abovementioned papers are below. Which abstract corresponds to which paper is left as an exercise to readers.
The focus of this paper is the effects of raising cows for “beef,” and the accompanying increase in the production of feed crops, in Latin America. It is suggested that the practice of “beef”-eating, a practice primarily of the elite and of the masses in affluent nations, has been promoted in the last century by large transnational corporations and protected by Latin American governments, with the support of the United States government and its military apparatus. Countless other animals and humans have been killed, and many others displaced, impoverished and exploited, as the profitable but devastating “hamburger culture” expands in the 21st century.
This paper presents written and visual data about play with the author’s companion dog. The research is an in-depth single case study employing the methods of ethnography, autoethnography and videography. The attempt is to display the intricacies and nuances of a common, mundane practice—playing with one’s dog. Data are reported about the routine of play, the structures (or motifs) of play, the inner states of players, the playing field(s), the contingencies of play and the use of language and vocalization during play. An ethnomethodological approach is used to explicate play as practices. The data are part of a larger study to be published later this year in book form.