According to George Herbert Mead essay 4

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Answer the following questions. For the first question, your answer should be written in a 5-paragraph essay or similar format. Questions 2 and 3 can be answered using a full paragraph. Cite sources.

  1. According to George Herbert Mead, how does the self develop? Which important developmental markers or milestones does he highlight? Give examples.
  2. The term “total institution” refers to institutions that strip people of their previous identities in order to resocialize them. Describe this process.
  3. What is the looking-glass self?

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Development of Self, Total institution and Resocialization, Looking-Glass Self
George Herbert Mead development of self and developmental markers
George Herbert Mead described self as being a product of socio-symbolic interactions
and not a passive look of the more generalized other. Individuals respond to the social order of
things around them, however, they decide what they will do based on the attitudes of others but
that does not me that they are mechanically guided by such attitudes (Cronk). He looked at selfdevelopment through a social philosophy of ‘I’ and the ‘me.’ He described ‘me’ as the socialized
part of the individual while ‘I’ as being the active aspect of the person. However, Mead went on
to match ‘me’ with the ‘censor’ as described by the approaches of Freud while ‘I’ was linked to
the ‘ego’ (Cronk).
Self is guided by the ‘I’ and ‘me.’ In trying to distinguish the two, Mead described the
two poles as one that reflected the attitude of the other in general, and the other that responds to
the attitudes. ‘Me’ is the social self while the ‘I’ as being the response to the ‘me’ (Cronk). The
‘I’ i...

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