Symbolic Interactionism: An Introduction, an Interpretation, an Integration
Using a unique step-by-step, "integrated approach," this book organizes the basic concepts of symbolic interactionism in such a way that readers ... Show synopsis Using a unique step-by-step, "integrated approach," this book organizes the basic concepts of symbolic interactionism in such a way that readers understand them clearly and are able to "apply" them to their own lives. It emphasizes the active side of human beings-humans as definers and users of the environment, humans as problem solvers and in control of their own actions-and it shows students how society makes us, and how we in turn shape society. Each chapter examines a single concept, but relates that concept to the whole perspective and to other concepts in the perspective. Chapter titles include The Perspective of Social Science, Symbolic Interactionism as a Perspective, The Meaning of the Symbol, The Importance of the Symbol, The Nature of Self, The Human Mind, Taking the Role of the Other, Human Action, Social Interaction, and Society. For individuals interested in the study of social psychology and/or social theory.