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Thomas Theorem I
Thomas Thomas Theorem says definition of situation is somehow turned into behavior
Norms tell actors how the culture feels a particular situation should be turned into behavior
• That is, norms tell the actor what he/she/they/it should do in this situation Two Fundamental Questions
Two Two questions individuals constantly “ask” themselves 1. What’s going on?
2. What do I do next? Answer to first Q is the actor’s definition of the situation
Answer to second Q is behavior Behavior Depends on
the Definition of the Situation
the Thomas Theorem says that answer to question 2 (What do I do next?) depends on the answer to question 1 (What’s going on?)
That is, behavior depends on the definition of the situation Norms and the
Two Fundamental Questions Norms link the two Qs Gives socially correct answer(s) to Q2 (what to do?) on basis of answer to Q1 (wuzzup?)
• Not quite complete answer to Q2 Answers What SHOULD I do?, not What
DO I do?
• Norms and the Thomas Theorem
II Simplifies deciding what to do, but … 1. Actor must to be able to define situations 2. Actor mu...
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2014 for the course SOCY 1000 taught by Professor Backman during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.
- Spring '08