The Basic Supposition Of The Symbolic Interactionist

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The basic supposition of the Symbolic Interactionist (S.I.) paradigm is that human interaction is based upon and the interplay of three elements, self, society and social interaction. These elements form a triangle of interwoven social connections. The basic association is as follows: society shapes self, self then shapes social interaction and interaction shapes society. The interaction is complex enough to also allow for nearly every possible combination between those three elements in that the Self is both affected by and can affect Society and so on. In these articles the authors examine how the presentation of shared meaning (of their masculinity) both shape their sense of self and how they expect others to treat them within their society within their every-day interactions. Any type of social interaction would depend on the exchange of shared meanings and shared social expectations. As Hewitt suggests, “Human conduct depends upon the creation and maintenance of meaning.” (1994: 21). He continues to explain that “Society and culture shape and constrain conduct, but they are also products of conduct” (1994: 23). This would suggest that without a shared understanding of what is possible by both participants and expected within society there can be no communication of meaning within the interaction. One 's Gender-Identity and Sexual Orientation is then as an aspect of the Self and becomes a common set of shared social meanings expressed and interpreted within social…
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