Unformatted text preview: symbol "anything that can meaningfully represent something else." D. Shared Meaning As individuals and small groups first negotiate patterns of social interaction, and then come to reply on those patterns, expectations become more fixed in social structure. Eventually, people come to accept those patterns as part of their reality. Often they cannot see beyond that reality. Choices are made within that reality. Once people that accept certain aspects in society are "real," real consequences flow from that realty. The "witches" at Salem discovered this the hard way....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, symbolic interaction