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Social Action Theory

A Micro Theory of Sociology

Dave Williams

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of Social Action Theory

SOCIAL ACTION THEORY Background Max Weber Marxism, Feminism and Functionalism can be said to be structural. Why? Introduction The only real disagreement between these perspectives is over the nature of this social structure. Social Action Theories depart radically from this viewpoint, taking particular issue with the determinism which underpins structuralism. What does determinism mean in this context? Verstehen Empathatic Understanding Protestant Work Ethic Society Individual Interactionism G.H Mead Me I Is the internal, private self; the secret desires, motives and needs which are usually hidden in our day-today activity. The “Me” refers to the public (or social-) self; the external image which people portray in their interactions with others. (1863 - 1931) Which one do you think animals don't have? Significant Others Generalised Others Erving Goffman Dramaturgical Analogy All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts, Frontstage Backstage Props Costumes Phenomenolgy Edmund Husserl How do you know this is real??? 1859-1938 Alfred Schultz 1899-1959 The world is a set of shared experiences
what is common sense has to be learnt Atkinson Suicide Ethnomethodology Garfinkel Breaching Experiments
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