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Who develop STI?
The name, “ Symbolic Interaction,” was not a creation of George Herbert Mead. One of his students, Herbert Blumer, actually coined the term, but it was clearly Mead’s work that began the theoretical movement.
People act based on?
Symbolic meanings that are
created between them
Goal of SIT
 To understand (explain):
– how humans, through interaction, create
symbolic worlds
– how these worlds, affect human behavior
SIT’s Key Concepts
The ability to use symbols that have common social meanings
Mind: Explanation
 We can not interact with others until we learn
 Language uses significant symbols
 Symbolic: symbols with shared meanings
 Through language we:
– share meanings
– anticipate responses of others
 Mind reflects and creates society
– Language to learn norms of society
– Change norms
Mind allows thought
 Without social interaction, we can’t think
– language develops through interaction
– use language to think
 Ability to reflect on ourselves from the
perspective of others
Self: Explanation
 Self develops from role taking
–Role taking: taking perspective of others
 Imagining how we come across to others
– Looking-glass Self (Cooley, 1912)
–Pygmalion Effect
Society: Defined
 The web of social relationships humans create
Society: Explanation
 Created by individuals interacting
 Creates individual “selfs”
– particular others (significant others)
– generalized others (society as a whole)
A Central Theme of SIT:
The importance of meanings
 Humans act towards others on the basis of
meanings those others have for them. *a
 Meaning is created /modified through
Looking- glass self:
our ability to see ourselves as another sees us
Pygmalion effect:
living up to or down to another’s expectations of us
Ontological assumptions:
We do make choices. Humanist hard core. social experiences. context matters. K