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Symbolic Interactionism

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Heather Carter

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Transcript of Symbolic Interactionism

Symbolic Interactionism
The End
Symbolic Interactionism
• Symbolic interactionism could be best used as a framework for organizing or influencing research, rather than as a completely integrated theory in and of itself.

•One important thing it can do is change with the times.

•It also focuses on family interactions and the roles that individuals play in those social acts.

•Basically, you must recognize that each person in a situation is viewing things from his or her own perspective and acting with the hope of influencing the outcome of the interaction.

•Symbolic interactionism reminds us that we are all social beings, playing roles and learning from each other.

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He is just not that into you....
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Keiko and Thanh are leaving the house to attend a cocktail party sponsored by Thanh’s company. It’s important that he be there because he’s up for a big promotion this year and wants to make sure those in charge know who he is and con connect his face with his name because his name is so unusual in the United States. Keiko is tired from working all day and getting the children taken care of before they leave the house, so she is dreading the party. Thanh, however, is very excited.

They are greeted at the door by the company vice president and a very loud band. Thanh introduces his wife with pride and accepts champagne for both of them to sip as they mingle in the crowd. He is really in his element, speaking to everyone he passes, introducing his wife, and keeping his hand on the small of her back to make sure she feels comfortable and included. Because she doesn’t know anyone there, he wants to make sure she is close so he can introduce her to everyone and make her feel like part of the group. He is enjoying the music and expensive champagne and can’t wait for the dancing to begin. Thanh says to his wife, “Isn’t this the best party you’ve ever been to?! And can you believe who all is here—all the important people, and I’ve gotten to talk to all of them. I can’t imagine a more perfect evening.”

As Keiko looks at him, he knows something is wrong. He asks, “Aren’t you enjoying yourself?” She doesn’t know what to say to him. After all, the place is too loud and too crowded, and people are drinking way too much. She wonders how he can stand knowing that everyone he speaks to is judging both of them. And why does he have to be so controlling of her? Everywhere they go, he is right by her side, as if he does not trust her to go out on her own for fear she will say something that would make him look bad. It is one of the worst nights of her life! How can two people in the same place have such different opinions about what is going on?

By: Heather Carter, Melissa Dixon, Dawn Flatford
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