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Lecture 5

LECTURE 5 - SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM

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Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2271A/B
Professor
Lina Sunseri
Semester
Winter

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January SOCIAL THEORY: LECTURE 5 21, 2013 SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM SYMBOLIC INTERACTION THEORIES - Symbolic interaction theories focus on the interpretation (social meaning) that is given to behaviour, and on the way such interpretation helps to construct the social world, the identities of people, and ultimately how they behave o Someone else’s reaction towards me will impact how I will act in the future - All interaction theories are concerned with the way in which meaning is constructed o Example: curling stone (to us)  symbol of curling as a sport, Canada is good at this sport  Curling stone (to other)  weird looking rock - Key assumptions and principles o Humans have capacity for thought  Ex) animal  see mushroom, eat mushroom  Human  see mushroom, analyse mushroom, poisonous/ not, eat/don’t eat o Thought is shaped by social interaction o Through interaction, people learn symbols and meanings that allow them to think o Meanings and symbols allow for human action
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