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Lecture Notes on Forest and the Trees Chapter 5

Lecture Notes on Forest and the Trees Chapter 5 - Johnson...

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Socialization: the larger society has a part in shaping our identities The self is "relational"-our identity exists only in relationship to others William James (1842-1910) Material self + social self + spiritual self - Infants discover that others can think about "me" as well as "I" can think about "me" George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) What is the social basis of individual action? Reflexivity: the ability to get outside of ourselves and see ourselves as others do ® Language plays a crucial role in how others influence ours sense of self because they communicate their perspective (point of view) to us ® - We begin constructing the self by incorporating feedback from people in our primary groups Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929) What is the social basis of the self's formation? - Generalized other: the anonymous group that as we mature, we learn how we are seen by it Another way we are socialized: through the statuses/roles that we occupy We adopt parts of those roles to become parts of our self
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