Symbolic Interactionism

The Theory of Symbolic Interactionism (TSI) is rooted in pragmatism and Hegelian thinking. It rejects grand narratives, and analyzes interaction sequences with their underlying social psychologies.

  • Mead (I/Me) - Goffman (Dramaturgical) - Garfinkel (Social interactions)
  • Inner dialog mediates the actions of individuals
  • Self-reflection: How is it possible? ANd how does it really work?
  • Differentiate between terms: Self, Subject, Ego, Person.
  • Internalized, Generalized Other
  • What is the role of the body?
  • Problem of Social Order: Hobbes, Durkheim, TSI
  • Two meanings of order: symbolic and political.
  • How to conceptualize human freedom in social theory?
  • Is there a relationship between the mirror stage and the theater stage?
  • Back region, probs, audience, impression management, etc.
  • Role-playing metaphors. the dramatic aspect
  • Rules govern social performance: regulative vs. constitutive, symmetrical vs asymmetrical, substantive versus ceremonial.