Symbolic Interactionism An Introduction, an Interpretation, an Integration

ISBN-10: 0132276917

ISBN-13: 9780132276917

Edition: 9th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Joel M. Charon
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Description: Using a unique step-by-step, integrated approach, "Symbolic Interactionism: An Introduction, an Interpretation "organizes the basic concepts of symbolic interactionism in such a way that the reader clearly understands the concepts and is 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.

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Book details

List price: $51.20
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
The Nature of Perspective
New Perspectives Mean New Realities
Perspectives Are Socially Created
Are All Perspectives Created Equal?
Summary
Some Examples of Perspectives: Informal and Formal Perspectives
The Perspective of Social Science
Five Ways of Knowing
Science as a Perspective
Social Science as a Perspective
Sociology As a Perspective
Psychology As a Perspective
Commonalities and Differences Between Sociology and Psychology
The Perspective of Social Psychology in Psychology
The Perspective of Social Psychology in Sociology
Summary
Symbolic Interactionism As a Perspective
Introduction: Five Central Ideas
General Historical Background of Symbolic Interactionism
Mead and Pragmatism
Mead and Darwin
Mead and Behaviorism
A Contrast with Other Perspectives: Warriner
Shibutani: Reference Groups as Perspectives
Attitudes Versus Perspectives
Summary
The Meaning of the Symbol
The Nature of Reality
Importance of a Socially Defined Reality
Objects as "Social Objects"
The Meaning of Symbols
Some Types of Symbols
Language
Words Are Categories
Nonsymbolic Animals
How Animals Approach Environment
Symbols Versus Signs
Summary
The Importance of the Symbol
Symbols and Social Reality
Symbols and Human Social Life
Symbols and the Individual
Naming, Memory, Categorizing
Perception
Thinking
Deliberation and Problem Solving
Transcendence of Space and Time
Transcendence of One's Own Person
Abstract Reality
Creativity
Self-Direction
The Importance of Symbols: A Summary
The Nature of the Self
Self as a Social Object
Self as Social: Four Social Stages for Self-Development
The Preparatory Stage
The Play Stage
The Game Stage
The Reference Group Stage
Selves as Ever-Changing Social Objects
Self as Object
Action Toward Self: Self-Communication
Action Toward Self: Self-Perception
Self-Perception: Assessment of Our Own Action
Self-Perception: The Development of Self-Concept
Self-Perception: Self-Judgment
Self-Perception: Identity
Action Toward Self: Self-Control
Central Ideas about the Self
The "I" and the "Me"
The Human Mind
The Meaning of Mind: Symbolic Interaction Toward Self
Mind Action: Making Indications Toward Self
Mind Action: The Ability to Control Over Action
Mind Action: The Ability to Problem Solve
Mind Action Is Part of All Social Interaction
Summary
Taking the Role of the Other
Imagination and Taking the Role of the Other
Symbols, Self, Mind, and Taking the Role of the Other
The Meaning of "Taking the Role of the Other"
Taking the Role of the Other: Significant Others, Generalized Other, and Others in the Situation
The Importance of Taking the Role of the Other
Summary
Human Action
The "Stream of Action"
The Act
Action, Goals, and Social Objects
Mead's Four Stages of the Act
Another Look at Mead's Four Stages of the Act
Locating the "Cause" of Human Action
The Definition of the Situation
Habitual Action
The Role of the Past in Human Action
The Role of the Future in Human Action
Action and Motives
Action and Emotions
Human Action and Free Choice
Summary
Social Interaction
The Meaning of Social Interaction
Social Interaction Develops Out of Social Action
Social Interaction Is Ongoing Social Action Among Actors
The General Importance of Social Interaction
Social Interaction Forms Our Basic Human Qualities
Social Interaction Is an Importance Cause of Human Action
Social Interaction Shapes Identities
Social Interaction Creates Society
Summary
Society
Two Views of Society
Groups, Organizations, Social Worlds, and Societies
Society Is Symbolic Interaction
Society Is Symbolic Interaction That Is Characterized by Cooperative Action
Society Is Social Interaction That Is Symbolic, That Is Characterized by Cooperation, and That Develops Culture
Culture Is a Shared Perspective
Culture Is a Generalized Other
Culture Maintains Society
Culture Is Ever-changing
The Meaning of Society: A Summary
The Individual Exists Within Many Societies
The Active Human Being in Society
Summary
Erving Goffman
Goffman and Symbolic Interactionism
Drama in Interaction
Impressions and Performance
Performance Teams
Reaction to Goffman's Dramaturgical View
The Self of Social Interaction
Goffman's View of Self
Social Control and Self
Rituals of Interaction
The Meaning of Ritual
The Importance of Ritual
The Environments of Social Interaction
Summary
Symbolic Interactionism: A Final Assessment
Symbolic Interactionism and Human Freedom: A Review
Symbolic Interactionism and Science
Symbolic Interactionism: Some Representative Studies
A Study of Pregnant Drug Users
A Study of Sam's Definition of Pain and Injury
A Study of Identity Formation in a Maximum-Security Prison
A Study of First-time Tattooees
A Study of Compulsive Gamblers
A Study of Student Anxiety: Not Studying Hegel So Much as Doing Laundry
Symbolic Interactionism: Some Examples of Application
An Understanding of Society
An Understanding of Racism in Society
An Understanding of Gender Differences
An Understanding of Childhood Socialization
Symbolic Interactionism: A View of the College Experience
Symbolic Interactionism: A Final Look at Application
The Importance of the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Summary
References
Index
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