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Comm 200 LN 0215_handout-1 - Chapter 5 Symbolic Interaction...

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Chapter 5 Symbolic Interaction Theory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 2/15/10
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George Herbert Mead Mead published little in his career After his death, his students collaborated  on a book entitled  Mind, Self, and  Society  (1934) The term  Symbolic Interaction  was  coined by Herbert Blumer, one of Mead’s  students
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Overview of SIT SIT centers on the relationship between  symbols and interactions SIT views individuals as active, reflective  participants in their social context Highlights role of communication in the  relationship between the self and society
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History of SIT Two main schools of SIT: Chicago School – humanistic Iowa School - scientific Other theories find their roots in SIT Social Construction Role Theory Self Theory
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Themes of SIT 1. The importance of meanings for human behavior 2. The importance of the self-concept 3. The relationship between the     individual and society
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Comm 200 LN 0215_handout-1 - Chapter 5 Symbolic Interaction...

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