Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Posted by patrick.

Three more articles in press

Close on the heels of my forthcoming article in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography are three more co-authored publications. The first is an conceptual paper with Erik Hannerz on the relevance of the term "counter" in subculture studies. The second is a methods paper with my recently graduated doctoral student, David Kirschner, on studying video game player experiences, forthcoming in Simulation & Gaming. The third is a study with former undergraduate student Samantha Ho on the sasaengpaen identity and Singaporean K-pop fans' negotiation of fandom, forthcoming in Deviant Behavior. Check the manuscripts out on my CV page.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 Posted by patrick.

new article on rude boy subculture and collaborative autoethnography

I'm happy to see my first collaborative autoethnography published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. The article presents and analyzes a performanc text by myself and co-author Jauhari at a youth cultures conference in Brisbane, Australia a couple of years ago. The text itself deals with a critical pedagogy that enables the construction of past subcultural selves. Check the manuscript out here or on the CV page.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 Posted by patrick.

Sage Encyclopedia of social deviance

The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Deviance has been published and I was lucky enough to be on the editorial board. For the project I wrote two entries: on for symbolic interationism and another for authenticity. A big thanks to colleagues Erik Hannerz, Ross Haenfler, and Shane Blackman, who agreed to write entries for punk, straight edge, and subculture respectively.

Thursday, June 27th, 2014 Posted by patrick.

New article on structural roles in world of warcraft

Somewhat later that I'd expected, my article on structural roles in World of Warcraft is finally coming out. This is co-authored with one of my PhD students David Kirshner and a former undergraduate research assistant, Zahirah Suhaimi-Broder. You can check out the copy-edit version here or on the CV page.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2014 Posted by patrick.

New review of subcultural theory

A new review of my 2011 book, Subcultural Theory (Polity Press), has just been published in Journal of Sociology.
You can read the review here or on my books page.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 Posted by patrick.

chapter on non-verbal interaction in world of warcraft

My PhD student David Kirschner and I have been writing about games recently. We'll be presenting two papers at the Digital Games Resesarch Association meeting at Georgia Tech in a few weeks. You can find both full papers on the CV page, or click here for our theoretical paper on elements of collaborative social action or here for our methodological paper on the gameplay review method.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 Posted by patrick.

authenticity and dramaturgy

Chuck Edgley has just edited a really nice book on dramaturgy: The Drama of Social Life, which is part of Ashgate's new Interactionist Currents series. You'll find a collection of perspectives on dramaturgical theory and research from many well-known symbolic interactionists. You can find my chapter on the CV page, or click here.

Monday, July 29th, 2013 Posted by patrick.

Two new games studies papers

My PhD student David Kirschner and I have been writing about games recently. We'll be presenting two papers at the Digital Games Resesarch Association meeting at Georgia Tech in a few weeks. You can find both full papers on the CV page, or click here for our theoretical paper on elements of collaborative social action or here for our methodological paper on the gameplay review method.


Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 Posted by patrick.

Writing about methods

Recently I've been writing about methods. First there was my co-authored performance piece on subcultural theory and critical pedagogy (mentioned below), then last month I co-authored a paper with my PhD student on how the study of videogames players' experiences can feedback to game design processes. Both of these papers are in review at journals. Then this week I received a copy of my just-published co-authored article that tries to integrate linguistic corpus analysis techniques with symbolic interationist methods. You can see it here.


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 Posted by patrick.

Understanding society through popular music, Second edition

The new edition of Understanding Society through Popular Music is now available.
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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 Posted by patrick.

a rude boy in the classroom

A former NTU undergraduate and I just presented a co-authored paper at the conference Youth Cultures, Belongings, Transitions: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research, sponsored by the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research and the Australian Sociological Association. Griffiths University, Brisbane, AU. The paper takes a performative approach to deal with how scholars collaboratively write individuals' subjectivities. While a more comprehensive version is under peer review, you can fund the dialogue from our presentation here.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 Posted by patrick.

new review of subcultural theory

A new review of Subcultural Theory: Traditions and Concepts has been published. Check my book page or click here.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Posted by patrick.

coordinated action in world of warcraft

Carl Couch theorized several forms of social activity in which humans engage, as well as "elements of sociation" that frames those activities. I've taken two of his proposed forms of social activity, conflict and cooperation, and studied the extent to which they co-occur in online game environments. Using Couch's theory as a frame, I illustrate how MMOG players simultaneously act with the games User Interface, as well as through it with other players. This paper has just been published in Symbolic Interaction.

Williams, J. Patrick, and David Kirschner. 2012. “Coordinated Action in the Massively Multiplayer Online Game World of Warcraft.” Symbolic Interaction 35(3):340-368. [check my CV page for link to a pre-proofed version of the article]

Wednesday, July 20th, 2012 Posted by patrick.

Understanding society through popular music, Second edition


The second edition of Understanding Society through Popular Music (Routledge, January 2013) co-authored with Joe Kotarba, Bryce Merrill, and Phillip Vannini, has been submitted and should be out at the end of year. The book uses music as a tool to help students understand the structure and process of social life. Sociologically, music is important because it simultaneously contains and reflects a people's language, values, feelings, concerns, and goals. The material is current and relevant to the musical experiences of today's college and university students and includes a companion web site that features an instructor's guide, test bank, discussion questions, and links to relevant internet sites. To make the book easy to use in introductory sociology courses, it is structured along lines parallel to the way most instructors teach the course. In the second edition we've updated all the chapters and added a couple that are new, including one on subcultures and another on technology.

Monday, June 4th, 2012 Posted by patrick.

forthcoming research...

I have several articles and book chapters in the publication queue stemming from various projects.


[forthcoming] Kirschner, David, and J. Patrick Williams. “A Microsociological Perspective on Non-Verbal Communicative Strategies in MMORPGs.” In Joshua Tanenbaum, Magy Seif el-Nasr, and Michael Nixon (Eds.) Nonverbal Communication in Virtual Worlds. Carnegie Mellon ETC Press.

[forthcoming]. Williams, J. Patrick. “Authenticity and the Dramaturgical Self.” In Charles Edgley (Ed.), Life as Performance: A Dramaturgical Handbook. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

2012 [in press]. Williams, J. Patrick, and Csilla Weninger. “Applying Goffman’s Assumptions about Communication to a New Media Environment.” In Salvini, A. et al. (Eds), Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism, vol. 2. University of Pisa Press.

[forthcoming]. Williams, J. Patrick. “Authenticity.” In Heith Copes and Craig Forsyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

[forthcoming] Williams, J. Patrick, David Kirschner and Zahirah binte Suhaimi. “Structural Roles in Massively Multiplayer Online Games: A Case Study of Guild and Raid Leaders in World of Warcraft.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction. [will be in Vol. 41, published in 2013]

Friday, June 1st, 2012 Posted by patrick.

Funded research on World of Warcraft wraps up

I've just written up the report on my three-year study on the massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft.

Monday, May 28th, 2012 20:27 Posted by patrick.

Subcultural Theory turns one

Last summer I was very happy to announce the release of my book, Subcultural Theory: Traditions and Concepts (2011, Polity Press).

Monday, May 28th, 2012 20:27 Posted by patrick.

What's up with Hipsters?

I was recently interviewed by Flavorwire to discuss the future of the "hipster subculture." I didn't even know hipster was a subculture, but I was game to talk about it anyway.

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