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Symbolic Interaction in Society

 Symbolic Interaction in Society

Symbolic Interaction in Society

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Symbolic Interaction in Society

David E. Rohall

ISBNs: B07VJ2PQPK, 1538101084, 1538101076, 1538101092, 9781538101070, 9781538101094, 9781538101087, 978-1538101070, 978-1538101094, 978-1538101087

English | 2019 | PDF

Core text for the symbolic interaction course - often called “Self and Society” or “Individual and Society” – most often taught in sociology departments.

Symbolic Interaction in Society offers a systematic application of symbolic interaction to everyday life. In addition to providing an overview of the theory and methods of symbolic interaction, it includes theory and research related to all of the relevant topics in sociology today: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social institutions, and social change.

This book is written in a way that encourages students to employ symbolic interactionist concepts and principles throughout the text. Students are asked to put themselves into particular situations and consider how they would respond to the other people in that scenario. In doing so, students are able to see that human interaction is both stable and dynamic, that people can be predictable but that they also have agency, the ability to make number of decisions in a given situation. The goal is to show students the practical value of symbolic interaction for understanding their social lives today.

Key features include:

  • Full review of symbolic interaction concepts and theories including a discussion of the nature of society and the role of the individual in society
  • Research applications of symbolic interaction examining major sociological outcomes such as inequality (race, class, gender and sexuality), deviance and mental health, social relationships, family and other social institutions, and social change
  • SI Online boxes include a review of how the principles of symbolic interaction apply to the effects of the Internet and modern communications on the individual and society
  • Personal Notes boxes share real student applications in which students describe how they have employed symbolic interaction in their personal lives
  • Original Work features one short excerpt from a book or journal article in every chapter
  • Pedagogical devices such as chapter objectives, key terms, and end of chapter key terms and critical thinking questions guide students through each chapter