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Chapter Four - Chapter Four Introduction Mead thought that...

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Chapter Four Introduction - Mead thought that the true test of a theory is whether it is useful in solving complex social problems. - Mead disciple Herbert Blumer coined the term symbolic interaction. o Meaning, language, and thought are the source of symbolic interaction Meaning: The Construction of Social Reality - Humans act toward people or things on the basis of the meanings they assign to those people or things. (Blumer) - Once people define a situation as real, it is very real in its consequences. Language: The Source of Meaning - Meaning arises out of the social interaction that people have with each other (Blumer) - Meaning is negotiated through the use of language – hence the term symbolic interactionism. - Interactionists claim that the extent of knowing is dependent on the extent of naming. - Symbolic interactionism is not just a means for intelligent expression; it’s also the way we learn to interpret the world. Thought: The Process of Taking the Role of the Other
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