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Fox 1 Lecture 8 SOCIOL 2D06 Wednesday November 13, 1013 Theories on Self & Identity Part I  Recall: George Herbert Mead  Mind and self arise through social interactions (Manis and Meltzer: 1978)  Learn pre-existing social roles through socialization (Mead, 1934)  Role of “rewards” and “sanctions”  “Generalized other” = internalize this and make it apart of our everyday system (opinions and beliefs of others)  George Herbert Mead: Stages in Developing a Self-Reflexive Self:  Play Stage: No centralized standpoint from which to view oneself (Mead, 1934) o Do not yet have the capacity to be self-reflective  Game Stage: Centralized standpoint, can take the role of all others and be self-reflexive (Manis and Meltzer, 1978; Mead, 1934) o Centralization is more heightened and individuals take on that idea of reflexivity  SI: George Herbert Mead: The I & Me:  The “I”, according to Mead (1962: 176), is our impulsive side (Manis and Meltzer, 1994: 43; Stetts and Burke, 2003)  The “me” is the more organized side o Represents the internalization of the “organized set of attitudes and definitions prevailing within the group” (Manis and Meltzer, 1994: 43-44; Mead, 1962:176)  George Herbert Mead: Stages in Developing a Self-Reflexive Self:  This is similar to Freud’s id, ego and superego  However, I and the me work together in social interaction and in social situations and are not continually struggling for control as Freud’s id and superego are considered to do (Manis and Meltzer, 1978)  “Mead saw the self as a process and not as a structure” Blumer (1969a:62)  George Herbert mead: When is the Self Fully Developed?  Selves are fully developed when individuals have the capacity for self- reflexiveness Fox 2 Lecture 8  Ability to moderate, organize, and/or create behaviour  Possess and express agency  Case Study: Peter Pan and The Lost Boys:  Let’s examine Peter Pan and the Lost Boys  How do they represent th
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