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Objectives: Symbolic Interaction Theory Objectives: Symbolic Interaction Theory (SIT) (SIT) Goal (purpose) of SIT SIT’s concepts and explanations Research generated from SIT How SIT defines communication What are SIT’s metatheoretical assumptions? Evaluating SIT
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Questions to Ask About Theories of Questions to Ask About Theories of Communication Presented in Class Communication Presented in Class How does the theory define communication? What is (are) the goal(s) of the theory? What are the theory’s concepts and explanations? How has the theory been tested? What are the theorist’s metatheoretical assumptions? Is it a “good” theory of communication? (i.e., evaluate the theory)
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Symbolic Interaction Theory (SIT) Symbolic Interaction Theory (SIT) George Herbert Mead (1934) Book: Mind, Self, and Society Herbert Blumer: “Symbolic Interaction” Mead fascinated by humans’ ability to use symbols
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Goal of SIT Goal of SIT To understand how humans, through interaction with one another, create symbolic worlds, and how these worlds affect behavior
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Assumption Regarding Meanings and Assumption Regarding Meanings and Behavior Behavior People act based on symbolic meanings
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