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Lecture Notes 062206 - Looking Glass Self(Charles H...

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Katie Kerr SOC 302 June 22, 2006 Microsociological Theories 1) Symbolic Interactionism 2) Exchange Theories I. Symbolic Interactionism     1. Humans interact by means of symbolic communication. 2. Humans behave toward situations and other people according to the  meaning that they assign to these situations and other people. 3. The meaning that we assign to these situations and other people arises  out of social interaction. 4. The meaning that we assign to these people and situations is subject to  modification through an interpretive process. The Development of the Self
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Unformatted text preview: Looking Glass Self (Charles H. Cooley)-We develop a concept of self based on our perception of how other people view us o Not everybody’s opinion carries equal weight Reference groups – comprised of people we think are important o That perception may be accurate or inaccurate Taking the Role of the Other (George Herbert Mead)-To be able to understand why people do the things they do, we have to be able to mentally put ourselves into the other person’s situation...
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