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© 2005 David Schweingruber The Social Construction of Reality Jan. 26, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Conflict perspective Emphasizes how social order arises from dominance and coercion Society viewed as struggle between “haves” and “have-nots” Marx focused on economic “haves” and “have-nots” (class struggle) Current conflict theorists also interested in other sources of conflict (e.g., gender and race) Main focus on how society affects people, especially stratification Karl Marx
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Symbolic interactionism Society viewed as ongoing interaction using symbols Unlike other perspectives, focus is micro/interactional level, not social structure Social order is possible because of shared meanings Shared meanings arise from interaction and interpretation More than other perspectives, studies how people construct social reality George H. Mead
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Social construction of reality
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