SOC388H1 Lecture : SOC388 lecture 1

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13 Feb 2012
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We will study what we do in everyday life and why we do it. How we feel about things, what we think and how we react emotionally. Ex. looking at the time, structuring our time and space. Focus on microfactors smaller scale; not looking at gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc. We look at smaller factors that influence who we are and what we do; connection between individual and society. Face-to-face social interactions interpreting these phenomena at the level of meaning. Meaning: the meaning we give to what we do and how we understand it. Presentation of self and what shapes the way we do things. Self concepts: how we develop our self-image through interactions with others face-to-face interactions. Social order: tells us how to do things and gives us cues to develop ourselves. This is all symbolic interactionism or interpretive perspectives we interpret people s meanings, not just what they do.

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