(noun) The theory that society is possible because of the shared meanings and social patterns created during social interactions.
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- Herbert Blumer (1900–1986) is credited with coining the term.
- Symbolic interactionism is a microsociological perspective.
- Scholars in the field of symbolic interactionism include Charles Horton Cooley (1864–1929), George Herbert Mead (1863–1931), and Georg Simmel (1858–1918)
- Also called:
- interactionist perspective
- symbolic interaction
- symbolic interaction approach
- symbolic interaction perspective
- symbolic interactionist perspective
- A (noun) symbolic interactionist studies society from the (adjective) symbolic interactionistic or (adjective) symbolic interactionistical perspective (adverb) symbolic interactionistically.
- Blumer, Herbert. 1969. Symbolic Interactionism: Perspective and Method. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
- Cooley, Charles Horton. 1902. Human Nature and the Social Order. New York: Scribner.
- Hewitt, John P., and David Shulman. 2011. Self and Society: A Symbolic Interactionist Social Psychology. Boston: Allyn & Bacon
- Kuhn, Manford H. 1964. “Major Trends in Symbolic Interaction Theory in the Past Twenty-five Years.” Sociological Quarterly. 5(1): 61-68.
- Manis, Jerome G., and Bernard N. Meltzer. 1978. Symbolic Interaction: A Reader in Social Psychology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
- Mead, George Herbert, and Charles W. Morris. 1934. Mind, Self & Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Stryker, Sheldon. 1980. Symbolic Interactionism: A Social Structural Version. Menlo Park, CA: Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company.