Sociology at the Frontiers of Psychology explores the nameless ground between sociology and psychology - an Alsace-Lorraine of the social sciences where theories and perspectives are freely borrowed from one to the other. Some chapters use psychological theory for studies of sociological phenomena, others use sociological perspectives for studies of psychological phenomena. Some writers are research fellows at the beginning of their careers, others professors at the pinnacle of theirs – notably Thomas J. Scheff, distinguished author of Goffman Unbound! and Being Mentally Ill.
These Scottish, Dutch, Moroccan-French, Norwegian, Canadian and North American sociologists have found inspiration in classical sociological theory from Durkheim to Foucault and produced original thinking grounded in empirical work. In addition, two psychologists and an anthropologist have contributed articles which border on the sociological field from the other side of the frontier.
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Gwynyth Jones Overland is senior consulting sociologist at Psychosocial team for Refugees / Regional Trauma Centre in Southern Norway, where she worksclosely with psychologists and medical doctors on case work and research. At the world congress of the International Institute of Sociology in 2005, she convened a workshop titled Sociology at the Frontiers of Psychology. Discussions in the workshop marked the start of collaboration that resulted in the present volume.