SOC 361 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: George Herbert Mead, Oberlin College, John Dewey
On both sides, new england puritans (farmers and clergy) who valued intellectual achievement. Father (a cleric) became chair of oberlin college"s. Hence, mead grew up at oberlin college: Part of the underground railroad that helped slaves escape to canada. First co-ed college to grant bachelor degrees to women. 1891, after completing a phd in philosophy at harvard, accepts a teaching position at uofmichigan where he establishes a life-long collaboration with. 1892, invited to the uofchicago by john dewey (a social philosopher-a pragmatist) to establish a department of sociology. A creative, original mind with an enormous range of interests including philosophy, history, physics/biology, math, social sciences. Three years after his deaths, his adoring students publish a composite of their notes: the mind, self, and society . Only humans can perceive themselves, he claims become an object to themselves. You cannot directly observe your own self. The self rises only via social interaction, social experiences.