Symbolic Interaction Symbols are meaningless themselves Cultural agreement

Symbolic interaction symbols are meaningless

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Symbolic Interaction: Symbols are meaningless themselves Cultural agreement determines meaning Language & meaning constructed through communication process Blumer, 1969; Mead, 1934; Trenholm, 1986
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Linguistic Determinism: Culture affects thinking and language Sapir Whorf hypothesis Relationship between language and perception Pacifc Islanders’ – fsh Inuit – snow Native American languages in Oklahoma
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Linguistic Relativity: Language influences thinking but doesn’t determine it Language is relative to culture, language and thought
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Object Self – Subject Self Think reflexive: I am this
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Looking Glass Self: Imagine how we appear to others Interpret others reactions We develop self-concept Thinking” comes from socialization “self” is an internal conversation Cooley
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The Looking Glass Self Individual’s behavior Other’s Reactions Other Infuences Individual’s Interpretation of Other’s Reactions Individual’s Self-concept
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How my mom and dad see me How my older brother sees me How my girlfriend sees me How my ex-girlfriend sees me The Looking Glass Self
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