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Symbolic interaction
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Symbolic interaction
Question 1
George Herbert Mead identified two sides of self: ' I' and 'me.' He defines me as the
social self that comprises the attitude of others that people mostly assume and can be used to
generalize other people while 'I' as the reaction or response towards the attitude of others. The
difference between' I' and 'me' is that 'I' is the subject while 'me' is the object. This means that 'I'
is the knower while 'me' is the known. The 'me' is mainly developed from two essential factors;
knowledge of society and social interaction (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 343). The 'me' helps to
learn the behaviors, move with society's expectations, and finally, the attitudes of others within
the society. Because 'me' helps in the generalization of the groups of people; thus the social
process will influence the behavior of those involved and how they are carrying it out. Therefore
in the abstract thought, the individual will directly take the attitude of the generalized others into
himself. The individual takes the attitude without referencing and expresses it to others.
Likewise, in the concrete thought, the individual takes the personal attitudes, and the behaviors
can be seen (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 340). They express these attitudes towards the
individuals involved in the act; therefore, the formation of 'me' leads us to take the attitude of
others.
Question 2
Mead speaks that situations are formed based on two fundamental pillars; the
environment and the individual. Likewise, he supported that reality is considered the field of the
situation. The field of situations is the primary thing within the world. The world itself and the
individual relation to these three areas define the situation. The situation plays an essential role in
defining human behavior. Therefore Mead identifies stages that these behaviors arise. The
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impulse stage is the first stage; it happens when an individual responds to a stressful or
problematic situation. Through the experience, the person will develop a behavior that will adapt
to a future problematic situation. The stage of perception is responsible for defining and
analyzing the problem; thus, the best route so far is chosen to escape the problem (Appelrouth &
Edles, 2016; 317). Through the manipulation stage, the individual then makes the decision based
on the perception appraisal to avoid the problem. Finally, the reestablishment stage brings about
the behavior change because it finds a new way of totally avoiding the problematic situation.
Question 3
In a given interaction, individuals maintain the front stage. The front stage is where a
person performs and operates in an idealized manner. The front is the self divided into two parts
self-image and self-awareness, gained through experience within the social environment. The
front results from the individual personality forms self and are linked to the social experience.
This contains information that can be easily expressed and more accepted by the community
(Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 331). The backstage consists of the information suppressed in the
front mind and cannot be freely expressed on the front stage.
Reference
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Appelrouth, S., & Edles, L. D. (2016). Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text
and Readings. Sage Publications.
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1 Symbolic interaction Student’s Name University Course Professor Date 2 Symbolic interaction Question 1 George Herbert Mead identified two sides of self: ' I' and 'me.' He defines me as the social self that comprises the attitude of others that people mostly assume and can be used to generalize other people while 'I' as the reaction or response towards the attitude of others. The difference between' I' and 'me' is that 'I' is the subject while 'me' is the object. This means that 'I' is the knower while 'me' is the known. The 'me' is mainly developed from two essential factors; knowledge of society and social interaction (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 343). The 'me' helps to learn the behaviors, move with society's expectations, and finally, the attitudes of others within the society. Because 'me' helps in the generalization of the groups of people; thus the social process will influence the behavior of those involved and how they are carrying it out. Therefore in the abstract thought, the individual will directly take the attitude of the generalized others into himself. The individual takes the attitude without referencing and expresses it to others. Likewise, in the concrete thought, the individual takes the personal attitudes, and the behaviors can be seen (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 340). They express these attitudes towards the individuals involved in the act; therefore, the formation of 'me' leads us to take the attitude of others. Question 2 Mead speaks that situations are formed based on two fundamental pillars; the environment and the individual. Likewise, he supported that reality is considered the field of the situation. The field of situations is the primary thing within the world. The world itself and the individual relation to these three areas define the situation. The situation plays an essential role in defining human behavior. Therefore Mead identifies stages that these behaviors arise. The 3 impulse stage is the first stage; it happens when an individual responds to a stressful or problematic situation. Through the experience, the person will develop a behavior that will adapt to a future problematic situation. The stage of perception is responsible for defining and analyzing the problem; thus, the best route so far is chosen to escape the problem (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 317). Through the manipulation stage, the individual then makes the decision based on the perception appraisal to avoid the problem. Finally, the reestablishment stage brings about the behavior change because it finds a new way of totally avoiding the problematic situation. Question 3 In a given interaction, individuals maintain the front stage. The front stage is where a person performs and operates in an idealized manner. The front is the self divided into two parts self-image and self-awareness, gained through experience within the social environment. The front results from the individual personality forms self and are linked to the social experience. This contains information that can be easily expressed and more accepted by the community (Appelrouth & Edles, 2016; 331). The backstage consists of the information suppressed in the front mind and cannot be freely expressed on the front stage. Reference . Appelrouth, S., & Edles, L. D. (2016). Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings. Sage Publications. 4 Name: Description: ...
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