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Unformatted text preview: influenced by cultural and social processes and that social structure is worked out through social interaction. As the themes of the SI Theory indicates, mind, self, and society are three key concepts to the theory of Symbolic Interaction. Each theme and assumption of the SI Theory relates to one another. You can not communicate accurately without having an understanding of all three. In order to communicate we must create an understanding of our own personal meanings of symbols, as well as the meanings of others and of societys. It is important to keep an open mind as it will affect the way we communicate in a major way. Because symbols can be abstract, ambiguous, and arbitrary, we use the perceptions of others and of society to help guide and shape our own behavior. Through the process of communicationnot just with others but also with oneself, we develop a much clearer understanding of behavior in the world today....
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Theiss during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.
- Fall '07