Symbolic Interactionism: Studies of Social Construction

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Symbolic Interactionism: Studies of Social Construction Hundreds of years before written word, theories have been made about words, the symbolism behind them, and root meanings assigned by social construction. William Shakespeare can be shown as example of this with posed questions by characters in his writings. In Romeo and Juliet, the character Juliet poses questions that reflect the symbolism of the name of her and her star-crossed lover Romeo. “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo. Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I 'll no longer be a Capulet… 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;--Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What 's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor…show more content…
“There are two well-known traditional ways of accounting for the origin of meaning. One of them is to regard meaning as being intrinsic to the thing that has it, as being a natural part of the objective makeup of the thing.” (Blumer, 1969) This shows that a chair is a chair, a cow is a cow, a cloud is a cloud, and so forth. The meaning starts from the thing. This shows that because of its social construction the object just is. This position reflects “realism” in philosophy. Blumer’s third premise is based on the fact that “an individual’s interpretation of symbols is modified by his or her own thought processes” (Griffin, 2006). The third premise suggests that meanings described are handled in, and modified through and interpretative process used by the person in dealing with the things they encounter (Blumer, 1969). In simple terms, it’s a thought process that is handled by an individual who go through what Mead describes as minding, or inner conversation. (Griffin, 2006) The concept behind thought is the process of being able to think, reflect, and take the role of the other. This would mean to put yourself into another’s place to think and reflect upon yourself. Once there is an understanding of the three main concepts of meaning, language, and thought, one can understand
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