Self in Society
|Glossary of Course Terms and Concepts|
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Included on this page are important terms and concepts from each of the four course units: socialization, individuation, and transformation. These are crucial ideas in the overall structure of the course, and you may want to print off the list and note definitions for informed, knowledgeable use of the terms in class discussions, course papers, and exams. Also, you can use your annotated glossary as a study sheet for exams.
Units 1 and 2
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE SELF
social/symbolic interactionist perspective
re-socialization (and college as a total institution)
ELEMENTS OF ROLE-PLAYING
role strain (within one role)
role conflict (among two or more roles)
COMPONENTS OF COMMUNICATION
meaning, content symbolized in words
paralinguistic elements of speech: rhythm, loudness (dynamics), emphasis, tone
behavior, actions (Mead's conversation of gestures)
"MORAL" IMPLICATIONS OF MEAD'S AND GOFFMAN'S SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES
knowing energes out of sharing, interaction
quality of interaction counts
sincerity bespeaks integrity (congruence between Goffman's performer and character)
openness leaves room for personal growth through role-taking
significance, meaning are constructed out of relatedness, shared symbols
diversity of actors, experience broaden both content and perspective
curiosity energizes active intelligence (Mead)
"consciousness is active, not substantive" (Mead-emphasis added)
alter egos (see socialization unit guide)
You can use the Mead Recitation handout (click here for a copy) to find defintions for the following terms as Mead uses them in the reading:
The glossary terms for the Goffman readings are listed in the Goffman recitation (click here for a copy of the recitation).
Individuation Course Unit Terms
The glossary terms for the individuation course unit are listed in the individuation unit guide (click here for a copy), which also serves as an outline for the lectures that include the terms. Be sure to review this guide since this unit covers an especially broad range of topics and concepts.
Transformation Course Unit Terms
The glossary terms for the transformation course unit are listed in the transformation unit guide (click here for a copy), which also serves as an outline for the lectures and class sessions that include the terms. Be sure to review this guide since this unit covers a broad range of topics and concepts.
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