•Internalization- we learn the supposedly "objective facts" about the cultural products that have been created. This occurs primarily through socialization, the process of social interaction in which one learns the ways of society.
Social Construction of Situations•Thomas Theorem ( W. I. Thomas)–“If a person perceives a situation as real, it is real in its consequences” –Our behavior depends on our subjective interpretation of reality. •Definition of a Situation–The idea that people create of what is expected of them and others in a given situation.
Social Construction of Reality•Definition of a Situation (3 parts to it) –Framing: understanding the context of the situation. –Roles: understanding the appropriate identities for the situation –Leeway: understanding how much leeway there is to enact each role. There are limits to the identity a person can claim•If parties disagree about the definition of the situation, conflict arises.
Social Construction of Heroes•Hero – someone admired by his/her achievement, courage, skill, dedication or integrity. •Ancient Greeks definition of hero–“person descended from goals on one side of the family, and from a mortal on the other side”
Hero’s Journey (a.k.a. Monomyth)•A Hero's Journey•Joseph Campbell’s theory that many narratives from around the world share a similar pattern revolving around the life of a hero.