What it socialization? What is interaction? What do we mean by identity? How can we explain the notion of self? What do we mean by intra-action? The Sociology of the Individual is an innovative and though-provoking sociological exploration of how the ideas of the individual and society relate. Expertly combining conceptual depth with clarity of style, Athanasia Chalari: • explains the key sociological and psychological theories related to the investigation of the social and the personal • analyses the ways that both sociology and psychology can contribute to a more complete understanding and theorising of everyday life • uses a mix of international cases and everyday examples to encourage critical reflection. The Sociology of the Individual is an essential read for upper level undergraduates or postgraduates looking for a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the connection between the social world and the inner life of the individual. Perfect for modules exploring the sociology of the self, self and society, and self and identity.
Chapter 1: Interaction
Society is the sum of interactions among its members. (Simmel, 1908a)
Why is Interaction Important?
Social interaction is the most basic unit of sociological analysis and exploration; if we want to understand how the social world works, we first need to understand what social interaction is. Any form of social interaction involves and entails at least two human beings. The way these individuals connect, relate and associate may reveal aspects of how society is organized. Social interaction is perhaps the most ephemeral unit of social analysis; at the same time it might become one of the most fruitful sources of sociological and psychological knowledge. Social interactions are formed, re-formed, ceased, recreated, negotiated, reinvented, reconsidered and ultimately reproduced, through an unconceivable plurality of potential combinations. Interaction ...