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Symbolic Interactionism

  • By: J. Patrick Williams & Robert Dingwall
  • In: Encyclopedia of Social Deviance
  • Edited by: Craig J. Forsyth & Heith Copes
  • Subject:Psychopathology, Crime & Deviance (general)

Symbolic interactionism (SI) is an approach to social science adopted by a variety of scholars, mostly from sociology, social psychology, and communications. The term symbolic interactionism unites two concepts: symbol and interaction. Symbol refers to any social object (e.g., a physical ...

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