Symbolic Interactionism

Symbolic Interactionism - relations Mead and Development of...

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Symbolic Interactionism Development of the self Language (symbols): self conscious beings We learn a language and create meaning through interaction Once we learn language we begin to think in abstract ideas Basic unit of study: social interaction People doing things together in a similar way for an extended time “Thomas Theorem”: If people define situations as real they are real in their consequences” Hughes argues against using “ethnic group” as a group distinguishable from other by certain traits Hughes: differences result from definitions made by people in a network of group
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Unformatted text preview: relations Mead and Development of the Self • First stage of socialization:”me” and “I” • Second stage of socialization: the “generalized other” • We learn the meanings of situations and objects through interaction • Me = social self – when we learn that there are other people in the world other than themselves, has restricted desires Generalized Other • Playing more structured games with equal participation for others and proper behavior • I = unrestricted individual and desires...
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