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Lecture 35 – February 24h A biographical sketch of George Hebert Mead E) Academic employment • 1) The university of Michigan  o 1891 – ended graduate studies early to accept a position as a lecturer at the university of  Michigan (teaching philosophy and psychology) and met John Dewey o John Dewey was a very well­known philosopher at the University of Michigan o Mead and Dewey both wanted to help people o It’s through Dewey that Mead found someone that shared his interest o Became lifelong friends o 1893 – Dewey received an offer to become the chair of the department of philosophy at  the university of Chicago and accepted on the condition that he could hire Mead • 2) The university of Chicago o 1894 – moved to the university of Chicago and remained there for many years o Difficulty writing  Never satisfied with what he was writing  He did manage to publish a number of scholarly articles o Exceptional teaching  Known for teaching a course on social psychology from 1900 onward   A number of sociology graduate students took this course  Mead had a huge impact on the sociology majors  Mead was known for being very organized and having stimulating ideas  Mead was not known for having a strong presentation style   Didn’t look at the students directly  Discouraged questions o Community service  Theory involved the academic scholarship – playing with ideas of philosophy  Wrote a number of articles dealing with educational issues  Also edited a journal for elementary school teachers  Participated in local educational committees   Also supported a school for hearing/sight­impaired children F) Later years • 1902 – promoted from assistant professor to associate professor  • 1907 – promoted to full professor  • 1930 – became chair of the department of philosophy  • 1931 – decided to leave the University of Chicago and go to Columbia University • 1931 – died of heart failure at the age of 68  G) Impact on sociology • 1934 – Published ­ Mind, self and sociology  o Students put their notes together and put together this book o Published under Mead’s name and he was given full credit for it o Students honoured mead by using his lectures o Once this book was published they had a huge impact within the sociology community  o This book lays down the foundation for what we call symbolic interactionism  The theoretical ideas of George Hebert Mead A) Society and the Individual • Society (the social whole) provides the context for understanding the individual (who is  simply one part of the social whole ) B) The act
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