symbolic interactionism

(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.

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