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Simon Gottschalk Simon Gottschalk

Simon Gottschalk Simon Gottschalk

Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

I joined the department in 1992 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. from the University of Houston, and a B.A. from the University of Haifa (Israel). Combining critical symbolic interaction theory and qualitative research methods, my interests revolve around understanding the society-psyche link in phenomena as varied as youth cultures, the mass media, mental disorders, terrorism, and interactions in virtual, urban, and natural spaces. My current research projects include the social psychology of computer-mediated communication, hypermodern theory, and sensory social science. From 1996 to 2000, I directed the interdisciplinary Cultural Studies program at UNLV. After serving as editor of the journal Symbolic Interaction from 2004 to 2007, I was elected president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in 2011.

A 'coup des gens' is underway – and we're increasingly living under the regime of the algorithm

May 02, 2019 16:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

I recently attended a large meeting of faculty to discuss graduate students evaluation, recruitment and retention. Let the data drive your goals, one of the speakers repeated, mantra-like with genuine enthusiasm and...

The infantilization of Western culture

Aug 01, 2018 14:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

If you regularly watch TV, youve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance and a bunny in sunglasses promoting batteries. This has always struck me...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries steady ahead of January manufacturing, composite PMIs

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Politics

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Science

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Technology

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The tech rumor mill has nothing much to offer yet about the successor of GoPro HERO8 Black since it was just released last October but that has never stopped tech fans from speculating. The action camera company is...
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