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Ernest G. Rigney, Jr.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Address: 19 St. Philip Street, Room 301
Office Hours: Fall 2014: MWF 9a-11a and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8190


Paralegal Certificate (summa cum laude), Paralegal Certificate Program (ABA Approved), Trident Technical College

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation: "The Production of Nonconformity Within An Experimental Setting"

M.A., Sociology, University of South Carolina
Thesis: "A Behavioral Examination of Compliance"

B.A. (magna cum laude), Major(s) : History, English, and Sociology, Minor : Political Science, Charleston Southern University

Research Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Development of Sociological Theory
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Science
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Social Behaviorism/Symbolic Interactionism
  • Sociology of Law

Courses Taught

  • SOCY 101:  Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY 260:  Development of Social Thought
  • SOCY 331:  Society and the Individual
  • SOCY 332:  Collective Behavior
  • Law and Society
  • Deviant Behavior

Honors and Awards

Member, American Sociological Association

Member, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Member, American Culture Association in the South

Chair, "New Wave Music" Session, Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South, 1998

Chair, "Substance Use and Abuse" Session, Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South, 1991

Chair, "Hereos and Anti-Heroes" Session, Annual Convention of the Popular Culture Association, 1986

Vice-President, The South Carolina Sociological Association, 1985-1986


"From a Pragmatist's Point of View: George Herbert Mead's Unattributed Review of Theodore Merz's A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century," European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, vol. 7, Number 1 (July 2015): 191 - 203.

"Miranda Rights." Pp. 608-610 in Magill's Legal Guide, edited by Timothy L. Hall. California: Salem Press, 1999.

"Robert Johnson." Pp. 565-567 in Popular Musi-cians, edited by Steve Hochman. California: Salem Press, 1999.

"Haight-Ashbury." Pp. 334-335 in The Sixities in America, edited by Carl Singleton. California: Salem Press, 1999.

"Kent State Massacre." Pp. 1131-1132 in Great Events from History: North American Series (Revised Edition), edited by Christina J. Moose. California: Salem Press, 1997.

"First Glances and Second Looks: Retention Programming in Higher Education." Pp. 159-167 in Addressing the Problems of Youth-At-Risk: Approaches That Work, edited by John W. Miller. Kansas: Gilliland Printing, Inc. With Robert Tournier, 1994.

"Punk's Antifashion Style First Appears." Pp. 2299-2304 in Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture, edited by Frank N. Magill. California: Salem Press, 1993.

"At-Risk Students and the Dilemma of Grade Bifurcation." Pp. 190-194 in A Resource Guide for Working With Youth At Risk, Vol. II, edited by Robert C. Morris and Nelda Schultz. Georgia: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. With Robert Tournier, 1992.

"A Behavioral Examination of Mead's View of Role-Taking." Symbolic Interaction 14 (Spring 1991): 71-81. With Richard L. Smith.

"One Imbroglio: A Reply to Flaherty." Symbolic Interaction 14 (Spring 1991): 89-92. With Richard L. Smith.

Book Reviews and Miscellany

"Heaven's Gate: An Example of Mass Suicide." Pp. 320-321 in Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereave-ment (Fourth Edition), by Michael R. Leming and George E. Dickinson. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1998.

Review of Ashby's Being There. Teaching Sociology 17 (October 1989): 529-530.

Review of Hall's Gone From the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History. Contemporary Sociology 17 (July 1988): 468-469.