Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Social Psychology and Sociology

ISBN-10: 0199933758

ISBN-13: 9780199933754

Edition: 4th 2014

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Description: The fourth edition of Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality takes an in-depth approach to introducing students to social psychology from a sociological perspective by focusing on the origins, guiding assumptions, methods, and empirical applications of the leading perspective in this field,symbolic interaction. Written for social psychology courses within the field of sociology, this text offers a comprehensive yet brief guide to symbolic interaction, while presenting strong, vivid examples that ground abstract concepts. The fourth edition of Symbols, Selves, and Social Realityprovides a new chapter on emotions, which introduces students to interactionist approaches to emotion and provides students with explanations of currently salient emotion theories. The new edition also includes more coverage of race, class, and sexuality, making this textbook both accessible and significant to its inevitably diverse audience of undergraduates. The incorporation of real-world examples and topical issues lends to the contemporary focus of this textbook andallows students to draw connections and think critically about the world around them. The authors engage students with topics that are relevant to their everyday lives, such as self-presentation through social media. A chapter on collective action utilizes recent global events and social movementsto analyze various phenomena of social interaction. The text integrates recent sociological studies throughout its discussions, offering a more research-oriented perspective than its competitors. All of these features are supplemented with helpful end-of-chapter pedagogical tools, such as questions for discussion and suggested readings, which alsoset this textbook apart from its competitors. The fourth edition not only offers a thorough introduction to social psychology and symbolic interactionism, but also interests students by appealing to their personal connections with the subject matter at hand.

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List price: $82.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

About the Authors
In Appreciation
Introduction to Instructors
The Meaning of Symbolic Interactionism
The Origins and Emergence of Symbolic Interactionism
Pragmatism
Pragmatism and Sociology: The Contributions of George Herbert Mead
Language, Communication, and Symbols
Interactionism: The Contributions of Hubert Blumer
Guiding Assumptions of the Modern Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Boundaries of Symbolic Interactionism
The Philosophical Foundations of Symbolic Interactionism
Why Symbolic Interactionism Matters to You
Understanding Yourself and Your Choices
Understanding Joint Action
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
The Interactionist Toolkit: Methods, Strategies, and Relevant Perspectives
Methodological Traditions and Practices
Changing Directions in Interactionist Ethnography
Alternatives to Ethnography: The Iowa School and Conventional Scientific Methods
Related Social Psychological Perspectives
Dramaturgical Theory
Exchange Theory
Social Cognition Theory and Cognitive Sociology
Ethnomethodology
Emerging Voices and Perspectives Within Interactionism
Feminism
Conflict Theory
Postmodernism
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
People as Symbol Makers and Users: Language and the Creation of Reality
Creating and Transforming Reality
Sensation
Conceptualization and Categorization
Symbols, Signs, and Meanings
The Importance of Symbols
Naming Reality and Creating Meaningful Objects
Language, Naming, and the Construction of Reality
The Necessity of Language
Language, Naming, and Our Constructions of Others
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
Socialization: The Creation of Meaning and Identity
Self-Development and the Stages of Socialization
The Preparatory Stage
The Play Stage
The Game Stage
Refinements of Meads Theory of Socialization and Self-Development
Socialization and the Creation of Gender Identity
Creating Gender Identity in Early Childhood
Re-Creating Gender Identity: Preadolescent Culture and Play
Boys and Girls Together: Learning and Maintaining Gender Boundaries
Socialization as an Ongoing Process: Turning Points in Identity
Passage Into Adulthood
Turning Points and Epiphanies: The Case of HIV/AIDS
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
The Nature and Significance of the Self
What Is the Self?
The Self as Social Process
The Self as Social Structure
The Self-Concept: Its Structure and Contents
Self-Esteem and Its Sources: Beyond the Looking-Glass Self
The Impact of the Self-Concept
The Self as Dramatic Effect
Staging the Self in Everyday Life
Regions of Self-Presentation
The Self as Situated Identity
Beyond Goffman: The Drama of Self Versus the Experience of Self
The Experience of Self in Postmodern Society
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
Role Taking, Role Making, and the Coordination of Action
Defining Situations and Their Reality
Roles, Role Taking, and Role Making
Role Taking
Role Making
Role Exiting
The Coordination of Social Behavior: Aligning Actions
Aligning Actions and Motive Talk
Emotion and the Coordination of Behavior
Role Attachments: Role Embracement Versus Role Distance
Power, Constraint, and the Coordination of Behavior
Relationships, Power, and Constraint
The Characteristics of Asymmetrical Relationships
Social Life as a Negotiated Order
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
Interactionist Approaches to the Study of Emotion: Emotions in Everyday Life
Emotional Experience: Language, Naming, and the Construction of "Inner" Reality
Emotions are Inherently Social
Structural Interactional Theory of Emotion
Affect Control Theory
Emotions are Embodied
Four-Factor Model of Emotion
Emotions are Self-Feelings
Role-Taking Emotions
Emotions and Identity
Emotions are Determined by Our Group Affiliations
Emotional Socialization
Emotions are Subject to Acts of Management
Emotion Management
Understanding Emotions: Contributions to Interactionist Approaches to Social Deviance and Social Movements
Emotions and Deviance: Emotional Deviance
Emotions and Social Movements: Emotional Resonance
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
The Politics of Social Reality: Constructing and Negotiating Deviance
What Is Deviance?
The Absolutist View
The Relativist View
Labeling Theory and the Social Construction of Deviance
The Banning Process: Moral Entrepreneurs and the Making of Deviance
The Detection Process: Seeing Deviance and Deviants
The Attribution Process: Imputing Motives and Negotiating Identities
The Reaction Process: Sanctioning and Its Effects
Challenging and Transforming Deviant Labels: Tertiary Deviance
Limitations and Extensions of Labeling Theory
The Construction of Social Problems
The Construction of Drug Scares
The Media Construction of Terrorism
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Collective Behavior
Riots
Rumors
Panics
Social Movements
How Do Social Movements Emerge, and Why Do People Join Them?
Strategies and Bases of Movement Recruitment
Ideology, Identity, and Commitment
Emerging Directions in Interactionist Analysis of Social Movements
Frame Analysis and Alignment
The Culture of Social Movements
Conclusions
Summary
Glossary of Key Terms
Questions for Reflection or Assignment
Notes
Suggested Readings for Further Study
Author Index
Subject Index
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