The Interactionist Perspective

The Interactionist Perspective - society. People negotiate...

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The Interactionist Perspective The Interactionist perspective takes the position that it is people who exist and act. All the other "structures" found in society are nothing but human creations. For the Interactionists, society is always in a process of being created, and this occurs through communication and negotiation. Symbolic Interactionists are called micro-sociologists. The scope of investigation for these sociologists is very small. Interactionists prefer to explore the interaction of individuals or groups of individuals. Interaction is generally face-to-face and addresses "everyday" activities. Society occurs as a result of interaction between individuals and small groups of individuals over long periods of time. They are interested in the way individuals act toward, respond to, and influence one another in
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Unformatted text preview: society. People negotiate meaning in their lives. Each communication produces new perspectives, expectations, and boundaries that individuals use to assure continual interactions in the future. Micro-sociologists are not interested in institutions (e.g., the economy and government), social Change Society is dynamic. Change occurs as a result of interaction between individuals. Continuous change, not stable patterns, characterizes the real nature of society. This kind of change is much less deterministic than change associated with the conflict perspective. Marxists look for change that is determined by characteristics in the social structure. Change from the Interactionist perspective is free-form.class, and nation-states....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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