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

Description
The Theoretical Ideas of George Herbert Mead A. Society and the Individual a. Society is given priority in Mead’s analysis that is because society (The social whole) provides the context for understanding the individual who is simply one part of the social whole B. TheAct a. The most basic element of Mead’s theory b. 4 interrelated stages of “TheAct” (Only one actor) 1. The Impulse • In this stage the actor experiences an immediate stimulation and responds to that stimulation • Ex: Hunger – animal and actor may respond immediately and unthinkably to this impulse and stimulation BUT there is a possibility of a difference –the human actor has the potential to think about whether acting on that stimulus is appropriate whereas the animal actor will act on their impulses immediately 2. Perception • Actor searches for objects that relate to immediate stimulation perceive objects as food which could satisfy impulse through sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste 3. Manipulation • Once impulse has manifested itself and impuses of relevant objects have been perceived in the next stage, it involves taking action with regard to objects • Important difference between animal actor and human actor a. Hu
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