Symbolic Interactionism (RLE Social Theory): Genesis, Varieties and Criticism

1st Edition

Bernard N. Meltzer, John W. Petras, Larrry T. Reynolds

Routledge
Published December 21, 2015
Reference - 156 Pages
ISBN 9781138983472 - CAT# Y209526
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

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Summary

Symbolic interactionsim is of major importance in contemporary sociology. In this study, three authorities in the field collaborate to define symbolic interactionism and to describe, and present criticism of, the interactionist perspective. The contributions of G.H. Mead, J. Dewey, C.H. Cooley, W.I. Thomas and other theorists to the interactionist viewpoint on human behaviour and social life are examined. There is a systematic discussion of the diverse schools of thought within the field, including H.G. Blumer’s Chicago School, M.H. Kuhn’s Iowa School, E. Goffman’s dramaturgical approach and H. Garfinkel’s ethnomethodology. Criticisms of symbolic interactionism by both adherents and opponents to the perspective are selected and assessed. Throughout the book, the authors survey the social and intellectual sources of significant ideas, thereby incorporating a reflexive, sociology-of-sociology orientation.

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