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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2S06
Professor
Richard B Day
Semester
Winter

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BIOGRAPHICALSKETCH OF GEORGE HERBERT MEAD A. Early Years a. 1863 – Born into a religious family b. Father – minister grew up with a lot of religious influence in his life c. He was a very shy and quiet child and he didn’t change much as he got older B. Undergraduate studies a. 1880 – Mead began his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, a theological seminary b. Alot of protestant beliefs engulfed in these studies. This didn’t sit well with Mead because he was also learning about the Natural Sciences in particular, he started to become interested in the ideas of Darwin c. Mead started turning away from his religious beliefs or secular d. Worked part-time to pay for his studies and his jobs were difficult for him because he was shy and his jobs required a lot of interaction, he was a waiter and he was a door-to-door sales man. e. 1883- received his Bachelor’s Degree W/ a Major in Philosophy C. Deciding on a Career a. After he graduated from Oberlin college, Mead spent the next 4 years holding down various jobs as he tried to figure out what he was going to do for the rest of his life and he was quite torn i. On the one hand, he wanted to work with people and help others 1. One of the problems was that he could’ve gone into Social Work but it didn’t appeal to Mead because at that time, Social Work was really dwelled on social faith ii. On the other hand, he loved philosophy and ideas 1. Considered the possibility of teaching philosophy but he thought it wouldn’t fulfil his desire to help people D. Graduate Studies a. This was his decision after being torn b. 1887 – began graduate studies at the dept. of philosophy at the Harvard University and he specialized in psychology because psychology was taught under the program of philosophy thought Psych was more practical than phil. c. Married Helene Castle d. He started a PH.D. Dissertation but didn’t finish. E. Academic Employment 1. The University of Michigan i. 1891 – Mead ended graduate studies early to accept a position as a lecturer at the University of Michigan (reaching philosophy and psychology) and met John Dewey who had a profound impact on his life ii. John Dewey was a well-known philosopher at Uni of Michigan Mead and Dewey discovered they had something in common: Interested in phil.And wanted to HELP PEOPLE 1. Through Dewey, It is how Mead found out he had someone who shared duel interest therefore mead & Dewey became life-long friends iii.1891 –Dewey received an offer to become the chair of the department of phil at the university of Chicago and accepted on the condition that he could hire Mead Dewey managed to get mead a promotion from lecturer to assistant prof (even though Mead didn’t have a PH.D.) 2. University of Chicago i. Moved to the University of Chicago and rema
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