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Lecture 2

SOC100H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: George Herbert Mead, Symbolic Interactionism, Double Consciousness

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Jayne Baker

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January 14th
Symbolic Interaconism
-Major contributors: Max Weber, George Herbert Mead
-Weber criqued Marx’s work in two ways
-Microsociology: level of the individual
-Society is created, recreated, and modi#ed connuously by human acvity
-Looks at the micro level of society, looks at the kinds of interpretaon of the people they interact
with, how people as societal beings shape our social context, which in turns shapes our world
around us
-Symbolic interaconists begin with the individual
- Symbol: Ideas that carry meaning
-eg. The clothing we wear.
-infer who we are to others
Punk clothing
oWe can infer based on their clothing people who wear punk clothing the relaonships
they have with each other, size and composion of their social network, kinds of
acvies they engage in
Even though it is just an image, these symbols infer what we think of them and
how they behave and interact
Example: Go&man’s Dramaturgical Model
-The self and the scene
-The front stage and the back stage
- Our social life is a series of performances much like pu+ng on a theater
owe act based on what people expect of us instead of who we really are
owe follow rules, rules tell us how we should behave
owe put on a performance to society based on what we think society wants us to be
opressurized to put on a strong performance, we want to meet societys expectaons
oexample: a professor pu+ng on an impression of who we (students) expect them to
the professor convinces us that they are knowledgeable
But they may conceal who they really are and how they really feel
oBackstage, who they really are and what they actually believe
oExample: grad student with society anxiety who goes to the job market
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