Sociology 2234E Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Critical Role, Reflectance, Typification

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
School
Western University
Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2234E
Professor
Lecture 6
Stages in the acquisition of the self
- Development of Language
- Playing at roles
- Integration of self in the game stage
Shays story
Kinds new it was more important to include him rather than who won.
When we get into the game stage we make a qualitative leap you are now a decision
maker. Apply what you have learned.
Significant other Cooley
Tremendous amount of influence on us
Those others who act as critical role models in the acquisition of self and whose
emotion responses to one as an object are very influential
Example: parents, siblings, teachers, peers.
The child is often forced to select between various influences
A child can choose who is their role model coach, teacher etc
We are often active in our own socialization.
Self-consciousness
The awakening in ourselves of the group attitudes, which are arousing in others.
We are most likely to accurately predict attitudes among significant others
You know as children what will get you in trouble and what will get you praise
“When you move out of our mothers home she moves into your head
That voice that tells you what not to do.
Survival aspect. When there is a power dynamic like physical abuse- you can tell when
violence is coming.
The nature of personhood
Three components of Mead's analysis of self: dual location, situated vs. biographical,
analytical division
Dual location
- Person has multiple realities rather than one
- You are different things to different people
- Who you are depends on time and space
- We also think of ourselves in the future what we want to be
Situations and Biographies
The self is an object in two ways
1) A situated object because taking the role of others in every situation defines self. - in
class room you are a student, at work you are an employee.
2) A biographical object by reflecting on your life as a whole your “cumulative sense of
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Kinds new it was more important to include him rather than who won. When we get into the game stage we make a qualitative leap you are now a decision maker. Those others who act as critical role models in the acquisition of self and whose emotion responses to one as an object are very influential. The child is often forced to select between various influences. A child can choose who is their role model coach, teacher etc. We are often active in our own socialization. The awakening in ourselves of the group attitudes, which are arousing in others. We are most likely to accurately predict attitudes among significant others. You know as children what will get you in trouble and what will get you praise. When you move out of our mothers home she moves into your head . That voice that tells you what not to do.

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