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symbolic interactionism

[Th] A theoretical approach in sociology developed by George Herbert Mead, which places strong emphasis on the role of symbols and language as core elements of all human ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007

... interactionism A study of communication between individuals, and between individuals and society, based on symbols and meanings, as in the use of language. Central to the concept of symbolic interactionism is that the shared meanings are actively constructed through social interactions between people. Symbolic interactionism has made an important contribution to the analysis of roles, socialization , communication, and actions in sport. See also symbolic interaction perspective...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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2009
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... interactionism [Th] A theoretical approach in sociology developed by George Herbert Mead , which places strong emphasis on the role of symbols and language as core elements of all human interaction...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... interactionism n . A theoretical approach in social psychology and sociology, stemming largely from the writings of the US social psychologist George Herbert Mead ( 1863–1931 ), in which people are assumed to respond to elements of their environments according to the meanings they attach to those elements, such meanings being created and modified through social interaction involving symbolic communication with other...

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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2013
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Social sciences, Human Geography
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... interactionism A form of social constructionism , holding that people react not to some physical reality but to their interpretation of reality based on interaction and communication with other people and things in general. It derives from the work of US philosopher and sociologist George Herbert Mead ( 1863–1931 ) and was later elaborated by Herbert Blumer. It was among the philosophies informing humanistic geography...

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A Dictionary of Sports Studies

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2010
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Social sciences, Society and culture
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... interactionism An approach to the study of the individual and society concerned with both the nature of small-scale human interactions and communicative behaviours, and the social consequence of those behaviours, interactions, and meanings. As Jerome G. Manis and Bernard M. Melzer put it: ‘Symbolic interactionists stress the primacy of society. Yet, they are also inclined to consider the individual as an active, creative source of behaviour’ ( Symbolic Interaction: A Reader in Social Psychology , 1967 ). It was a hugely popular approach in the mid...

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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2002
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Social sciences
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356 words

... interactionism A school of sociological research oriented by the proposition that human behavior is determined not only by the objective facts of a situation but also by the meanings that people attribute to them through the use of symbols. Symbolic interactionism also emphasizes the significance of social roles in the formation of the self , and it privileges the study of everyday interactions over large-scale social structures. It bears the strong imprint of George Herbert Mead 's theories of the self and social roles, as well as the influence of...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (2 ed.)

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2016
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... interactionism ( interactionism , symbolic interaction theory ) In social psychology and sociology, the study of the dynamic negotiation of meanings and constitution of social realities by social actors through their use and interpretation of signs in processes of social interaction within specific situational contexts. The term was coined in 1937 by the American sociologist Herbert Blumer ( 1900–87 ) and the concept was significantly influenced by the ideas of George Mead , for whom language is central in the formation of mind, self, and...

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A Dictionary of Social Research Methods

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2016
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...symbolic interactionism Sociological study of the ways that meanings are defined, attributed, and developed in the course of everyday communicative interactions. The method developed from the work of the Chicago school of sociology in understanding the ways in which people do things together (interactionism). The key principle is that as people observe the world around them, they also observe themselves and the responses of others, and these observations become the basis of abstract representations (symbols). This process is mediated by language so there is...

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A Dictionary of Sociology (4 ed.)

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2015
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...do others (see, for example, Symbolic Interactionism: A Social Structural Version , 1980 ). In the 1990s interactionism has provided analyses of a range of new phenomena, and has become more theoretically sophisticated (some might say eclectic) in creating links to postmodernism (in the work of Norman Denzin ), feminism, semiology, and cultural theory. The best collection of interactionist writings, and one which gives a good indication of the tradition's virtues and limitations, is Ken Plummer 's Symbolic Interactionism (2 vols., 1990). See also ...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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[Th]A theoretical approach in sociology developed by George Herbert Mead, which places strong emphasis on the role of symbols and language as core elements of all human interaction.
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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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... interaction perspective A viewpoint that emphasizes the importance of interpersonal interactions in socialization. The perspective has as its basis the communication of symbols, and shared meanings between individuals who tend to acquire more or less similar ways of behaving in specific social situations. Through talking with peers, for example, adolescent athletes often reinterpret expectations of a coach, and may publicly or privately question demands that in the past they had automatically...

20c The History of the Book in Britain from 1914

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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...parent companies—demanded a strong return on investment, and viewed their operations as businesses first, and purveyors of culture and information second. The *Net Book Agreement , established at the very beginning of the 20 th century, but dissolved in its final years, symbolically brought to an end the argument that, compared to other goods, ‘books are different’, a phrase that was used in an unsuccessful challenge to the agreement in the 1960s . Heavy discounting practices followed the NBA’s dissolution. In the competitive environment of the 1990s ...

interchange

interchange  

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Goffman's term for a unit of social interaction involving two or more ‘moves’ and two or more participants. For example: ‘Excuse me’ followed by ‘Certainly’. He argues that a conversational ...
interaction model

interaction model  

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See also communication models; interaction-oriented communication.1. Generally, a conceptualization of communication as a two-way, cyclical process (including feedback) in contrast to the ...
role taking

role taking  

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(social psychology)The dynamic process of imaginatively adopting the perspective of others in interaction in order to adjust one's own role behaviour to this (role making). In contrast to the ...
social worlds

social worlds  

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A term which is frequently applied to ‘universes of discourse’ through which common symbols, organizations, and activities emerge. They involve cultural areas which need not be physically bounded. ...
communication game

communication game  

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An approach to interpersonal communication based on the metaphor of a game, with roles, rules, and goals. This approach emphasizes: shared conventions and expectations concerning social roles and ...
microsociology

microsociology  

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In sociology, a level of analysis concerned with social action, particularly interpersonal interaction and group behaviour. It explores themes such as the production of meaning in face-to-face ...

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