symbolic interaction theory

symbolic interaction theory - SYMBOLIC INTERACTION THEORY...

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Developed by George Herbert Mead, beginning of 20 th c Initially a sociology theory Mead never wrote anything down – students compiled their notes and developed the volume Mind, Self, Society Mead believed science could solve social problems Tradition: semiotic/phenomenological Context: intrapersonal/interpersonal Approach to Knowing: Interpretive Explores the relationship between symbols and interactions Individual and society are interdependent Goal of interactions is to create shared meaning Once people define a situation as real, it has very real consequences. Without language, there would be no thought, no sense of self, no socializing presence of society within the individual. Assumptions (Blumer 1969) 1) Humans act toward things on the basis of the meaning they ascribe to those things. Cashier/server treated on basis on their role We treat people and things based on our perception of their value to us 2) Meaning arises out of social interaction that people have with other people. Language is the source of those meanings
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course COM 239 taught by Professor Juliesemlak during the Fall '11 term at Miami University.

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