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Unformatted text preview: Symbolic Symbolic interaction The theoretical perspective of symbolic interaction was brought to sociology by Charles Horton Cooley, William I. Thomas, & George Herbert Mead Symbolic interaction considers immediate social interaction to be the place where “society” exists Micro-sociology - because of its emphasis on face -to-face contact Symbolic interaction: symbols symbols in everyday life Symbols are the things that we attach meaning Eg this symbol may be used to stand for love Symbolic interaction theory analyses society by addressing the subjective meanings that people impose on objects, events & behaviours Symbolic Symbolic interaction People behave based on what they believe (ie not just on what is objectively true) Eg African American mothers who carries the gene of sickle cell trait opt for having children despite being told by the medical establishment about the risk Society is socially constructed through human interpretation (based on people’s subjective meaning) Meaning is constantly modified through social interaction People interpret one another’s behaviour These interpretations form social bonds Group Group discussion on symbolic interaction Apply the symbolic interaction theory to discuss why the divorce rate around the globe (especially in Western countries) has risen in the last few decades Hints: Think in terms of the symbols (ie meanings) of marriage, love (esp “true love”), children, parenthood, perception of alternatives, divorce etc in the modern world and in the previous era Eg a century ago, people used to attach a more functional meaning to marriage (eg reproduction) ...
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