Department of Sociology

Academic Profile

Darin Weinberg

Summary

Darin Weinberg received a B.A. in sociology and communications from the University of California, San Diego in 1984; an M.Sc. in social philosophy from the London School of Economics in 1985, and Ph.D. in sociology from U.C.L.A. in 1998. After teaching for three years at the University of Florida, he joined the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (now HSPS) as a University Lecturer in 2000. He held a Lindesmith Fellowship for Drug Policy Studies, from the Lindesmith Center of the Open Society Institute in 2000-2001. He has been a fellow of King's college since 2001, and a Reader in the Department of Sociology since 2012. In 2011 Darin won the Melvin Pollner Prize in Ethnomethodology from the American Sociological Association's Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis and the Outstanding Article Award from the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Darin’s research focuses primarily on the practical purposes to which concepts of addiction, mental illness, and learning disability are applied in various historical and contemporary contexts. He is particularly interested in how these concepts figure in state sponsored campaigns of social welfare and social control, and in what their uses reveal about how and why people distinguish the social and natural forces held to govern human behaviour. Beyond these specific research interests, Darin is also more broadly interested in social theory, the sociology of science, sociology of health and illness, and qualitative research methodologies.

Brief CV

Selected publications

Books

Herring, Jonathan, Ciaran Regan, Darin Weinberg, and Phil Withington, eds. 2013. Intoxication and Society: Problematic Pleasures of Drugs and Alcohol. London: Palgrave

Drew, Paul, Geoffrey Raymond, and Darin Weinberg, eds.. 2006.  Talk and interaction in social research methods. London: Sage

Weinberg, Darin. 2005. Of Others Inside: Insanity, Addiction, and Belonging in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press

Winner of the 2011 Melvin Pollner Prize awarded by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Finalist for: The Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize, British Sociological Association; and The Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize, British Sociological Association

Reviewed in: Addiction; American Ethnologist; Canadian Journal of Sociology; Contemporary Sociology; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Sociology of Health & Illness, Symbolic Interaction 

Weinberg, Darin, ed.. 2002.  Qualitative Research Methods. Malden, MA: Blackwell

Journal articles

Weinberg, Darin. In Press. "Post-humanism, Addiction and the Loss of Self-Control: Reflections on the Missing Core in Addiction Science." International Journal of Drug Policy.

Weinberg, Darin. 2012. "In Defense of Radical Constructionism." The Sociological Quarterly. 53: 360-373

Weinberg, Darin. 2012. “The Social Construction of Self-Knowledge: A Commentary on the Legacy of Melvin Pollner.” American Sociologist.

Weinberg, Darin. 2011. “Sociological Perspectives on Addiction.” Sociology Compass. 5/4: 298-310

Weinberg, Darin. 2009. “On the Social Construction of Social Problems and Social Problems Theory: A Contribution to the Legacy of John Kitsuse.” American Sociologist. 40(1-2): 61-78 (17 pages) 

Winner of the 2011 Outstanding Article Award from the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems

Weinberg, Darin. 2008. “Toward a Post-humanist Understanding of Addiction.” [“Hacia un entendimiento post-humanista de la adicción”] Politica y Sociedad. 45(3): 159-175 (17 pages)

Weinberg, Darin. 2007. “Habermas, Rights, and the Learning Disabled Citizen.” Social Theory & Health. 5(1): 70-87

Weinberg, Darin (with Marcus Redley). 2007. “Learning Disability and the Limits of Liberal Citizenship: Interactional Impediments to Political Empowerment.” Sociology of Health and Illness. 29(5): 1-20

Weinberg, Darin. 2002. “On the Embodiment of Addiction.”  Body & Society. 8(4): 1-19

Weinberg, Darin (with Mark R. Fondacaro). 2002. “Concepts of Social Justice in Community Psychology: Toward a Social Ecological Epistemology.” American Journal of Community Psychology. 30(4): 473-92   

Weinberg, Darin. 2000. “‘Out There’: The Ecology of Addiction in Drug Abuse Treatment Discourse.” Social Problems. 47(4): 606-21

Weinberg, Darin. 1998. “Praxis and Addiction: A Reply to Galliher.” Sociological Theory. 16(2): 207-8

Weinberg, Darin. 1997.  “Lindesmith on Addiction: A Critical History of a Classic Theory.” Sociological Theory. 15(2):150-61

Weinberg, Darin. 1997. “l Construction of Non-Human Agency: The Case of Mental Disorder.” Social Problems. 44(2):217-34

Weinberg, Darin. 1996. “The Enactment and Appraisal of Authenticity in a Skid Row Therapeutic Community.” Symbolic Interaction. 19(2): 137-62

Weinberg, Darin (with Paul Koegel). 1996. “Social Model Treatment and Individuals with Dual Diagnoses: An Ethnographic Analysis of Therapeutic Practice.” Journal of Mental Health Administration. 23(3): 272-87

Weinberg, Darin (with Paul Koegel). 1995. “Impediments to Recovery in Treatment Programs for Dually Diagnosed Homeless Adults: An Ethnographic Analysis.” Contemporary Drug Problems.  12 (2), pp. 193-236

Book chapters and other writings

Weinberg, Darin. forthcoming. "Psychiatric Diagnosis as Collective Action in a Residential Therapeutic Community." In Turning Troubles into Problems: Policy and Practice in Human Service. Edited by Jaber F. Gubrium & Margaretha Järvinen. New York: Routledge

Weinberg, Darin. 2013. "Praxis, Interaction and the Loss of Self Control." In Intoxication and Society. Eds. Jonathan Herring, Ciaran Regan, Darin Weinberg and Phil Withington. London: Palgrave, pp. 232-44

Jonathan Herring, Ciaran Regan, Darin Weinberg and Phil Withington. 2013. "Starting the Conversation." In Intoxication and Society. Eds. Jonathan Herring, Ciaran Regan, Darin Weinberg and Phillip Withington. London: Palgrave, pp. 1-30

Weinberg, Darin. 2012. "Social Constructionism and the Body." In Routledge Handbook of Body Studies. Edited by Bryan S. Turner. London: Routledge, pp. 144-56

Weinberg, Darin (with Patrick Baert and Veronique Mottier). 2011. “Social Constructionsm, Postmodernism, and Deconstruction.” In The Sage Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Edited by Ian C. Jarvie and Jesus Zamora-Bonilla. London: Sage

Weinberg, Darin. 2009. “Social Constructionism.” The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Edited by Bryan Turner. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 281-99 (18 pages)

Weinberg, Darin. 2008. “The Philosophical Foundations of Constructionist Research.” In The Handbook of Constructionist Research. Edited by James A. Holstein and Jaber Gubrium. New York: Guilford Press, pp. 13-39

Weinberg, Darin. 2008. Review of The Body in Question: A Socio-Cultural Approach, by Alan Petersen. Contemporary Sociology. 37(4): 365-66

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. "The Language of Social Science: A Brief Introduction." In Talk and interaction in social research methods. Edited by Paul Drew, Geoffrey Raymond, and Darin Weinberg. London: Sage, pp. 1-6

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. "Language, Dialogue, and Ethnographic Objectivity." In Talk and interaction in social research methods. Edited by Paul Drew, Geoffrey Raymond, and Darin Weinberg. London: Sage, pp. 97-112

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. “Social Control.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Edited by George Ritzer. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 4386-4390 (3000 words)

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. “Addiction.” In Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Edited by Bryan Turner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2000 words)

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. “Qualitative Research Methods.” In Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Edited by Bryan Turner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2000 words)

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. “Prejudice.” In Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Edited by Bryan Turner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2000 words)

Weinberg, Darin. 2006. “Agenda Setting.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Edited by George Ritzer. Oxford: Blackwell (1000 words)

Weinberg, Darin. 2005. Review of The Poverty of Relativism by Raymond Boudon. Journal of Classical Sociology. 5(3): 383-84

Weinberg, Darin. 2002. “Qualitative Research Methods: An Overview.” In Qualitative Research Methods. edited by Darin Weinberg. Malden, MA: Blackwell, pp. 1-22

Weinberg, Darin. 2002. “Research Using Artifacts as Primary Sources: Introduction” In Qualitative Research Methods. edited by Darin Weinberg. Malden, MA: Blackwell, pp. 263-65

Weinberg, Darin. 2001. “Self Empowerment in Two Therapeutic Communities.” In Institutional Selves: Troubled Identities in a Postmodern World, edited by Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 84-104