Social Structure And Personality Theory: Symbolic Interactionism

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Symbolic Interactionism (SI) is a micro level theoretical perspective where the focus of interest is how individuals create, negotiate, modify, or refute meanings between themselves and others (Rohall, Milkie, & Lucas, 2014). Herbert Blumer, the theorist who coined the term “Symbolic Interactionism” established three premises of this theory. The first premise is that meanings emerge from social interaction. During social interaction we undergo a process of intersubjectivity – groups in society create subjective meanings and individuals within this same society internalize these meanings into realities –modifying how we view our world. The second premise is that the actions we take towards objects or a situation are established by the meaning …show more content…
Social structure and personality consists of three core concepts: social structure, the interactional relationship between individuals and social conditions within a social system; personality, an individual’s cognitive characteristics including values and beliefs; and culture, a collection of values that are shared between members of a society about perceived social expectations. Within the Social Structures and Personality theory, there are also three key principles: the components principle, the proximity principle, and the psychology principle. The components principle is taking into consideration specific elements of society that greatly influence a certain thought or behaviour. The proximity principle is when an individual’s interpersonal interaction with society occurs primarily in an individual’s immediate environment; and the psychology principle is considering the different process of internalization that occurs based on each person’s motives, beliefs, and

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