Upcoming projects

I am comptemplating a pair of new books on social authenticity as a kind of response to the predominant focus on personal authenticity in the social sciences and humanities. The first would cover the theoretical space of both personal and social authenticities with an emphasis on both similarities and differences. The second book would couch both the significance and process of doing authenticity within a discussion of marginal, oppositional, and consumer subcultures.


[check my CV page for links to many of my publications]

2013 Williams, J. Patrick. “Authenticity and the Dramaturgical Self.” In Charles Edgley (Ed.), Life as Performance: A Dramaturgical Handbook. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. [in press.]

2010 Hochstetler, Andy, Heith Copes, and J. Patrick Williams. “‘That’s Not Who I Am:’ How Offenders Commit Violent Acts and Reject Authentically Violent Selves.” Justice Quarterly 27(4):492-516.

2009. Vannini, Phillip, and J. Patrick Williams, (Eds.). Authenticity in Self, Culture and Society. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

2009. Lewin, Philip, and J. Patrick Williams. “The Ideology and Practice of Authenticity in Punk Subculture.” Pp. 65-83 in Phillip Vannini and J. Patrick Williams (Eds.) Authenticity in Self, Culture and Society. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

2008. Copes, Heith, Andy Hochstetler, and J. Patrick Williams [equal authorship]. ““We Weren’t Like No Regular Dope Fiends:” Negotiating Hustler and Crackhead Identities.” Social Problems 55(2):254-270.

2006. Williams, J. Patrick. “Authentic Identities: Straightedge Subculture, Music, and the Internet.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 35(2):173-200.

2006. Williams, J. Patrick. “Consumption and Authenticity in Collectible Strategy Games Subculture.” Pp. 77-99 in J. Patrick Williams, Sean Q. Hendricks, and W. Keith Winkler (Eds.) Gaming as Culture: Social Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

2005. Williams, J. Patrick, and Heith Copes. “‘How Edge Are You?’ Constructing Authentic Identities and Subcultural Boundaries in a Straightedge Internet Forum.” Symbolic Interaction 28(1):67-89.