Mead before acting individuals consider the socially

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Mead: Before acting, individuals consider the socially defined meaning of both the stimulus and their potential responses. Famous example of individuals react to stimuli: the dog is used to being fed when the bell is rung-when the foods not there but the bell is rung the dog salivates- mead believes individuals don’t act like that “Gestures“ – an action calling forth a response from another (much the same as “stimulus.“) “Significant Symbols“ – gestures that have a shared meaning for sender and receiver (or speaker and listener) Actions= gestures- but there are specific meaning attached to them If I do something then everyone in the room will- give the middle finger, wave hello, thumbs up, peace sign *Marx: social realities are driven by production *Weber: Mixture of economic and cultural realities that drives society *both are structuralists that believe that there are structures in society-they are both conflict theorists *Durkheim: Everything in society has a function- All of societies parts function for the good of the whole which has priority over which- What does Durkheim have in common with Weber and Marx-what do they not have in common-Durkheim is not a conflict theorists- it represents a transition from one period of equilibrium to another THEY ARE ALL STRUCTURALISTS Term Durkheim uses-social facts: exert influence over us-bigger than us-out of our control Mead: school of thought-symbolic interaction-the reflective self-the meanings of society emerge as we interact or society is the set of meanings that emerges as we interact-were reflexive we try to see eachother threw others eyes -distinguishes Mead- Herbert Mead
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*Goffman: symbolic interactionist-saw interaction being like theatre-its like were on stage and the meanings get shaped between the person whose on stage and the audience members-were always on stage in some way, shape, or form. Role: instructor Other roles: family member, employee, friend While mcginn is on stage and were his audience-were also on stage and hes our audience- our role: student Goffman talked about how the audience and the person on stage cooperate-were on stage we all behave in a certain way because its all apart of our role Offstage: jeans and sweatshirt at Meyers -fun and interesting but Mead is the one we need to know about symbolic interaction seeing the eyes through people of color-dubois and the people after dubois
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