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Unformatted text preview: Return to Homepage Interactionist perspective A sociological approach that generalizes about everyday forms of social interaction in order to explain society as a whole. The interactionist perspective is primarily concerned with the fundamental or everyday forms of interaction, including symbols and nonverbal communication. It is a sociological framework for viewing human beings as living in a world of meaningful objects. George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) first developed interactionism in the United States and is regarded as the founder of the interactionist perspective Interactionist View of ASidewalk Etiquette Erving Goffman ( Relations in Public . New York: Basic Books, 1971, pp. 9-18) offers a new look at sidewalk behavior, drawing on the interactionist approach. When we sit behind the wheel of a car and begin driving, we are confronted immediately with many rules that govern our behavior. Society provides us with reminders of these rulestraffic lights, stop signs, speed-limit signs, white lines marking lanes, and, ultimately, police officers. provides us with reminders of these rulestraffic lights, stop signs, speed-limit signs, white lines marking lanes, and, ultimately, police officers....
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