We develop a selfconcept never a finished product

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Unformatted text preview: ruction of the Self G.H. Mead and Stages of the Self 1. Preparatory Stage: Children imitate people around them (<3 yrs.) Begin using symbols (gestures, objects, and language) to communicate Not roleplaying, but prepares child for that Social Construction of the Self G.H. Mead and Stages of the Self 2. Play Stage: Children develop skill in communicating through symbols (~ 36 yrs.) Taking the role of the other occurs Grow increasingly aware of "me" G.H. Mead and Stages of the Self 3. Game Stage: Children come to grasp not Social Construction of the Self only their own social position, but also those of others Begins with significant others and grows to the generalized other Gain understanding of the values, norms, and expectations of others "in general" (society) Social Construction of the Self G.H. Mead and Stages of the Self The self begins as a privileged, central position in a person's world As an individual matures, the self grows to reflect greater concern about the generalized other Social Construction of the Self E. Goffman and Presentation of the Self Dramaturgical Approach: People resemble stage performers Impression Management: Altering the presentation of the self to create distinctive appear...
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2010 for the course SOCL 2001 taught by Professor Mecom during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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