Symbolic Interaction And The Dramaturgical Theory

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Henry Cloud once stated, “A culture is like an immune system. It operates through the laws of systems, just like a body. If a body has an infection, the immune system deals with it. Similarly, a group enforces its norms, either actively or passively.” Culture is a system of meanings that provides a way of life for a certain group. Within our culture, there are culture norms, which are accepted ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving by which members of a social group are guided. Like Henry Cloud stated, when a cultural norm is broken, the social group will attempt to reinforce this norm back to normality. The objective of this experiment is to use ethnomethodology to illuminate the culture norms and perceive culture’s effect on people’s behaviors. …show more content…
Symbolic interaction is the concept that people create, negotiate, and change social meaning though the process of interaction. This theory states that people impose subjective meanings on objects, events and behaviors. Thus, this could explain the reason that I was able to go through the four days without much trouble. Subjective meanings are already placed on many objects and body behaviors shared between the tested subjects and me. Therefore, due to the fact that my friend, my roommate, my lab partners and I all share the same environment and culture, we were able to communicate with merely gestures and body language. We could exchange gestures such as thumbs up as good job and a frown as having a problem. My friend could understand my gesture of pointing to the dinning hall door because she had placed a meaning on the dinning hall door as the restroom. Similarly, the reason my roommate understood my gesture at the backpack is due to the fact that we had placed the meaning of schoolwork to the backpack. The reason that my lab partners understood my gesture at the lab notes is because they interpreted that a gesture at the lab notes means that there is a mistake. All of the body gestures had an established meaning behind them. Thus, even without verbal communication, many interactions and problems could be exchanged because people, with shared culture, have placed a symbol or unique meaning to all the

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