MDSA01H3 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Herbert Blumer, George Herbert Mead, Erving Goffman
Mdsa01 midterm 2 chapter 11: sociological theory: an overview being able to identify recurrent patterns in media and how those patterns influence the interactions of people lies at the heart of sociological criticism. In many ways, this approach extends the reception approach discussed in the previous chapter. This perspective was heavily influenced by the work of the german sociologist max weber (1864 1920) and the american sociologist. George herbert mead (1863 1931), both of whom emphasized that individuals act in accordance with their interpretation of the world their subjective meanings of the world and not necessarily the world as it objectively exists. Scholars too often ignore that everything in the world physical objects, persons, categories, ideals, institutions, activities, events, etc. Carries meaning for humans and, thus, shapes their attitudes and actions. For blumer, meaning is not only central to all human behavior, but it is also complex.