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symbolic interactionism

Definition of Symbolic Interactionism

(noun) The theory that society is possible because of the shared meanings and social patterns created during social interactions.

Etymology of Symbolic Interactionism

Symbolic Interactionism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /sɪmˈbɑlɪk ɪntərˈakʃənɪz(ə)m/
    • British English
      • /sɪmˈbɒlɪk ɪntərˈakʃənɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (sym·bol·ic in·ter·ac·tion·ism)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: symbolic interactionisms
  • Symbolic interactionism is a microsociological perspective.
  • Symbolic interactionism along with conflict theory and functionalism are the typical perspectives studied in sociology but postmodern perspectives are challenging this tradition.
  • Symbolic Interactionism grew out of Max Weber‘s (1864–1920) work on Verstehen.
  • Symbolic interactionism scholars include:
  • Also called:
    • interactionist perspective
    • symbolic interaction
    • symbolic interaction approach
    • symbolic interaction perspective
    • symbolic interaction theory
    • 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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Cite the Definition of Symbolic Interactionism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “symbolic interactionism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/symbolic-interactionism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

symbolic interactionism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/symbolic-interactionism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “symbolic interactionism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/symbolic-interactionism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“symbolic interactionism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/symbolic-interactionism/>.