Unformatted text preview: onflict Theory Society is arranged in such a way that resources and rewards are unevenly distributed among the population; Society is therefore characterized more by conflict than order Focus on struggles between powerful and powerless Study of social conflict and inequality Symbolic Interactionism How People Use Symbols Applying Symbolic Interactionism Changing the Meaning of Symbols Affects Expectations Symbolic Interactionism Reality is constructed through everyday interaction. Symbols of shared meaning among a group inflections, mannerisms, expressions, objects. Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic meaning. Social problems occur when: Goffman front stage, backstage Social interaction is disrupted People are labeled deviant Interpretations produce poor outcomes performances Cooley Looking Glass Self Levels of Analysis Functionalists and Conflict Theorists Macro Level Symbolic Interactionists Micro Level...
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- Spring '07
- Sociology, Social Integration, specific social groups, social organization disintegrates