Social Interaction consists of two or more individuals purposefully relating to each other
Interaction creates microlevel connections
All interaction has 3 components
A common goal
A social context governed by norms
The action goal and context help us interpret the meaning of the interaction
People assume that others will share their interpretations of a situation.
Shared interpretations include norms, which create cues for appropriate behavior
Rational Choice Theory
Relationships are formed and maintained based on individual rewards and costs
An interaction is sustained when it benefits are high and costs are low
Assumes that our choices about interaction
Are based on calculations of selfinterest
Are guided by reason
Involve expectations of reciprocity (Individual contributions will balance out over time.
Should I go to coffee or study for exam?
Symbolic Interaction Theory Focuses on how people interpret interactions and manipulate others’ interpretations.
In group: US. Us as in us students, us citizens, etc
Out group: THEM.
Durkheim’s Study of Suicide
Showed how groups impact individual beh