December 18, 1916 - Sept. 5, 1996

Sociologist Anselm Strauss was internationally known as a medical sociologist (especially for his pioneering attention to chronic illness and dying) and as the developer (with Barney Glaser) of grounded theory, an innovative method of qualitative analysis widely used in sociology, nursing, education, social work, and organizational studies. He also wrote extensively on Chicago sociology/symbolic interactionism, sociology of work, social worlds/arenas theory, social psychology and urban imagery. When he died he was Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco.

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The Anselm L. Strauss Fund, UCSF Foundation

The monies generated by this fund are used to support students in the Doctoral Sociology Program, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who are pursuing dissertation projects that continue the legacy of Anselm Strauss.

Donations may be made to:
The UCSF Foundation/
Anselm L. Strauss Fund
UCSF Box 0248
San Francisco, CA 94143-0248
Tel: 415-476-2276
Fax: 415-476-1590


Anselm Strauss on Interaction

“. . . This linking of individual . . .  and collective identities, as well as their respective temporal choreographies–each affecting the other over time–leads to an explicit linking also of structure and interaction. Interactions can take place between individuals, but the individuals also represent–sociologically speaking–different and often multiple collectivities who are expressing themselves through the interactions. . . .  Thus, social structure and interaction are intimately linked; and also reciprocally affect each other (again) over time. This is a temporal view not merely of interaction but of structure itself, the latter shaped by actors through interaction.”