Symbolic Interactionism - Chapter 5 Symbolic...

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Chapter 5: Symbolic Interactionism (Interpretive) Mead believes: - Thoughts, self-concept and wider community we live in are created through communication Symbolic interaction – ongoing use of language and gestures in anticipation of how the other will react, a conversation 3 core principles of Symbolic interactionism – meaning, language and thinking Meaning: The construction of social reality - Humans act toward people or things on the basis of the meaning they assign to those people or things, our interpretation that counts Interactionist definition: Humans act on their definition of the situation Stimulus Interpretation Response Language: The source of meaning - Meaning arises out of the social interaction that people have with each other, meaning is negotiated through the use of language - Symbols are arbitrary (random) signs, a stimulus that has a learned meaning and value for people - We have default assumptions eg. Surgeon must be a male Thinking: The process of taking the role of the other -
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