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Chapter 2: Symbolic Interactionism
[Symbolic Interactionism is based on] deliberately constructed vagueness [and] resistance to systematisation. (Rock, 1979: 18–19)
Why is Symbolic Interactionism Important?
The previous chapter explored a wide variety of approaches regarding how social interactions are formed and shaped. However, within sociology and social psychology, there is a distinct and notably influential school of thought that it is exclusively concerned with social interaction. Symbolic interactionism studies social interaction by suggesting that the way people interact is shaped according to the symbolic exchange of meaning which is experienced at almost every level in our everyday lives. The significance of symbolic interactionism in modern sociological and psychological thought is unquestionable. It proposed a novel empirical way of studying interaction between individuals, which at the time, pioneered an ...