For Mead the self and the mind of the individual does not come before social

For mead the self and the mind of the individual does

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For Mead, the self and the mind of the individual does not come before social experience He accords priority to social experience and social groups. A self cannot exist without prior social experience/interaction 3. 4 Stages of the Act 1) Impulse-involves an immediate, sensuous stimulation, and the actor’s reaction, or the need to do something about it. 2) Perception-the actor searches for stimuli relating to the impulse 3) Manipulation-the actor handles the object to assess its ability to satisfy the impulse 4) Consummation-the satisfaction of the original impulse Chea 4. The basic mechanism of the social act is the gesture-movements of the first organism which call out certain responses in the second There are nonsignificant and significant gestures-nonsignificant involves automatic or unconscious action Significant gestures require thought 5. Significant Symbol
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Vocal gestures, or language, are most likely to be significant symbols-you can hear yourself speak but can’t see your facial expressions 6. Mind Mind-ability of the individual to call out in himself the response of the community. The ability to conceive of the attitude of the community or group and respond accordingly. 7. Self Self: the ability of an actor to take oneself as subject and object. The self is developed through interaction. 8. Play Stage/ Game Stage 9. There are two stages in the development of the self 1) Play stage-in this stage the child learns to take the attitude of specific others Ex. Playing as mom or dad, also being able to take the attitude of mom or dad towards oneself 2) game stage-taking the attitude of the whole social group This stage is necessary if a true self is to develop 10. Generalized Other: The generalized other is the attitude of the entire social group or entire community The ability to take the role of the generalized other is essential to the development of a self There are multiple generalized others-can come in the form of the family, political party, peer group, book club, etc 11. I and Me 12. There are two phases in the self 1) I-the unpredictable, creative aspect of the self. This part of the self brings about change 2) Me-the habitual, controlled, socialized part of the self. This part of the self is likely to conform. Great people in history (Oprah, JFK, Paris Hilton) are seen as being dominated by the I
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