Sociology 169-Study Guide-Exam 2

Sociology 169-Study Guide-Exam 2 - Possible Questions for...

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Possible Questions for Exam #2 – Soc 169 (Spring 2010) 1. What is symbolic interaction (what are symbols? Why are they important?)? According to Blumer, symbolic interactionism rests on 6 assumptions. Discuss what each assumption means for the process of interacting? Third, what is Mead's theory of selfing ? Be sure to explain why he would have considered self a verb and not a noun. Please provide an example or two when explaining each part of the essay prompt. Symbolic Interactionalism is the growth of an individual’s perceptual meaning of symbols and interactions between people based on the interactions themselves and the reactions of the individuals involved. There are 3 premises describing the process. -The first being, humans act towards things on the basis of the meanings the things have for them. Which include how important the things are to them and how often they encounter them in their daily life. -The second is the meanings of things derived from social interactions with friends. This tells of how seeing the reactions of their friends and judgments on certain matters influence the individuals’ choice making process, even if just a little bit. -And lastly, these meanings are handled through and modified through interpretive processes of dealing with the things he encounters. Which follows that everything that is important to you can change day by day and mean less to you the next day, because of an encounter? Something might alter the way you feel about what's important in your life, and something else might become the most important thing in your life. 6 assumptions 1) Humans are planners. Everything we do is premeditated and has a reason. 2) Different objects take on different meanings in relation to those plans. A perception of importance, a rationalized order of necessity to complete. 3) We act towards objects based on meaning. It determines our attitudes and ways we act towards objects. We show different respect to different people based on past experiences and meaning. 4) We strive to identify everything and discover its meaning. We categorize things; make lists on importance and situations and involvement. Past meanings on what we know about things. 5) For social planning, meanings must be “consensual”, agreeable. Which shows how is has a shared meaning amongst different individuals. 6) In any situation, we must identify who we are in relations to others and situations. We watch who responds to our decisions and choices. We understand what’s happening, we develop habits. Mead's Theory of selfing He says that there are stages of selfing. A process to things and a natural growth. 1) The first is “The Play”, it involves playing 1 role at a time, as kids do. They imitate, put what they have seen and observed together. 2)
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course SOCIOLOGY 168, 5 taught by Professor Abrutyn during the Spring '07 term at UC Riverside.

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Sociology 169-Study Guide-Exam 2 - Possible Questions for...

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