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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC100H5
Professor
Nathan Innocente
Semester
Winter

Description
Lecture 4 01/16/2014 Theory II  Symbolic Interactionism: focuses on the subjective side of life Features Focus on interpersonal communications in micro level settings Social life is possible only because people attach meaning to things People create social circumstances and do not merely react to them  Analyze the way people present themselves to others and portray their identity in a way the results in the  wanted impression Sometimes validate unpopular viewpoints Gives agency We react/create the social world Has impact on the social world Key Elements Society as a product of everyday interactions of people Shared reality that people construct as they interact Reality: how we define surroundings, obligations, identities What are the obligations/relationships We define these obligations and relationships How we shape our identities World of symbols Influences Weber Empathy with motives and meanings to understand people’s actions Mead Sense of self formed in the course of interaction with others I, me, significant and personalized other Other ascribed meaning, interactive behavior Goffman Dramaturgical approach: front and back stages, shared cognitive frames Matters in terms of the interactions we have Cooley What audience reflects shapes a person’s sense of self “I am not what I think I am and I am not what you think I am; I am what I think you think I am” the idea of who you are is reflect by how the people think you are significant component of your identity Feminism Features Focus on various aspects of patriarchy in society ▯ male­centered Lineage Language Religious leaders/context of religion sports Suggest male domination and female subordination are determined by structure of power and social  convention Built into the social structure Not natural Examines the operation of patriarchy at all social levels Recommends eliminating patterns of gender inequality Main source of gender inequality are t
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