O’Brien Publishes on Social Psychology

Written by Laura Paskin
March 11, 2016

Sociology Professor Jodi O'Brien published the 6th edition of her widely used text, The Production of Reality. Designed for college students, the collection of readings examines the concept of the self and the forces that shape one’s life, thought, and actions.

O’Brien opens the book with her three essays focusing on the self and social behavior:  “The Nature of Humanness,” “Perspectives on Social Behavior,” and “Self as a Process of Contradictions and Conflicts.”

“To make sense of our lives, we need an understanding of the underlying patterns and material conditions that make up the particular cultural milieu in which we live,” O’Brien said. “I specifically added a section on nature/nurture research as well as contemporary experiences that reflect increased globalization and transgender experiences in the United States.”

Spanning several decades, the readings represent many different voices and points of view and feature selections from a variety of sources: classic studies, contemporary peer-reviewed journals, narrative essays, and fiction. Included in the book is the article “Establishing the Scene in Steampunk Live-Action Role Play,” written by Sociology Professor Mark Cohan.

O’Brien received her PhD from the University of Washington and joined the College of Arts and Sciences in 1995. She focuses her scholarship on institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia, and related forms of discrimination. A prolific scholar, O’Brien has published several books and book chapters. Her academic articles have appeared in many journals, including Social Philosophy Today, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Social Perspectives. She is a past-president of the Pacific Sociological Association and a former editor of Contexts, published by the American Sociological Association. In October 2015, she became the inaugural director of the Seattle University Wismer Office for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence.