Definition of symbolic interactionism in English:

symbolic interactionism

Line breaks: sym|bol¦ic inter|action|ism


[mass noun] Sociology
  • The view of social behaviour that emphasizes linguistic or gestural communication and its subjective understanding, especially the role of language in the formation of the child as a social being.
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    • According to symbolic interactionism, social roles, such as being a father, are linked to societal expectations that influence the behaviors and actions conducted by the individual in a prescribed role.
    • As a family of theoretical frameworks, symbolic interactionism emphasizes the social construction and maintenance of meaning.
    • The foundations of grounded theory are embedded in symbolic interactionism, which assumes that one's communications and actions express meaning.

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