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SOCI 351Lecture Notes --SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVEModule 5SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVEBasic Domain Assumptions of Symbolic Interactionist Perspective. The basic domain assumptions are:1) Individuals are active constructors of their conduct;2) Focus on people's common set of symbols and understanding possessed by people in a group as thecornerstone of symbolic interactionism;3) Focus on individual with "self" and the interaction between internal thoughts, emotions, andbehavior;4) Focus on how individuals develop socially as a result of their participation in group life;5) Focus on individuals viewed as active constructors of their own conduct who interpret, evaluate,define, and map out their own action rather than being simply impacted by outside social forces;6) Focus on the form of social interaction emerging from the particular situation in question notpredetermined by norms and external forces (functionalism) or the shape of institutions (conflictperspective); and7) Rejection of Freud's instinct psychology which emphasizes the importance of unreasoned naturalimpulse and B. F. Skinner's stimulus-response approach which suggests that behavior is producedby involuntarily responding to external stimuli.8) Symbolic interaction focuses on the interaction process through which values and norms emerge.Symbolic Interactionist Perspective’s Model of Society. Society is the product of patterned social interactions (2, 4, & 6) among diverse individuals equippedwith the capacity to think (mind), (1, 3, & 5) developed through social interaction with others usingstatuses and roles provided by society and how these statuses and roles are taken on by individualsperpetuate society.Intellectual Roots of Symbolic Interactionism. The following provided the intellectual ideas for contemporary social interactionist perspective:1) Max Weber: His focus on verstehen (empathetic understanding of individuals and subjectiveinterpretation of individual actions);1
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Term
Spring
Professor
DruannM.Heckert
Tags
Sociology, Symbolic Interactionism, symbolic interactionist perspective

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