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Symbolic Interactionism: An Introduction, An Interpretation, An Integration, 6/e

Joel M. Charon, Moorhead State University

Published October, 1997 by Prentice Hall Humanities/Social Science

Copyright 1998, 245 pp.
ISBN 0-13-671694-6

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Refined for greater clarity and timeliness, this intriguing, organized introduction to symbolic interactionism focuses on the human being as an active participant in relation to his/her environment, defining the many issues and complex relationship between the individual and society, as well as the relevance of this perspective to understanding the human being.


Takes an integrated approach—each chapter builds on previous ones, enabling students to first grasp individual concepts and then understand the symbolic interactionism perspective as a whole.
Includes examples of how the perspective can be applied to gender and ethnic group relations.
Uses recent empirical studies that illustrate how symbolic interactionism has been used to study human action.
Devotes a chapter to the theories of Erving Goffman, with discussions on drama in interaction, the self of social interaction, rituals of interaction, and the environments of social interaction. (Ch. 12)
Emphasizes the relevance of symbolic interactionism to understanding the discipline of sociology.
NEW—Revises the first three chapters for a clearer, more accessible introduction to the concept of symbolic interactionism.

Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary and References.)

    1. The Nature of "Perspective".
    2. The Perspective of Social Science.
    3. Symbolic Interactionism as a Perspective.
    4. The Meaning of the Symbol.
    5. The Importance of the Symbol.
    6. The Nature of the Self.
    7. The Human Mind.
    8. Taking the Role of the Other.
    9. Human Action.
    10. Social Interaction.
    11. Society.
    12. Erving Goffman.
    13. Symbolic Interactionism: A Final Assessment.


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