Reading and Lecture Notes - Schwalbe Social World Works

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Schwalbe Social World Works Schwalbe , “ F inding Out How the Social World Works,” Article 4 in Mapping the Social Landscape. Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Emphasizes agency, the specific mechanics of behavior, how agency shapes structure Article describes the limitations of common knowledge and the benefits of keeping an open mind, remaining curious, and continuing investigation of ideas in open conversation Illustrates the ongoing, continually producing, discourse, meaning, agency and local themes of symbolic interactionist perspective Production of Knowledge: Social knowledge, i.e. common beliefs about things, may or may not be accurate The vast majority of ‘truth’ is socially constructed ‘truth’ Objective ‘truth’ and socially constructed ‘truth’ may or may not be the same. Common sense or common knowledge that ‘everybody knows’ may be misleading Socially constructed truth is important as a ‘meaning’ for social form and function whether it is objectively ‘true’ or not as we act and interact based on our ‘belief’ in that truth. How we manage beliefs in social interactions is very important to our success and status as it is ‘anticipated’ (normal, moral) that our actions reflect common belief
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