February 6

Read:

Smith, M. B. (2003). Self and identity in historical/sociocultural context: “Perspectives on selfhood” revisited. In M. B. Smith, (Ed.). For a significant social psychology: The collected writings of M. Brewster Smith (pp 168-185). New York: New York University Press.

Stryker, S. (2000) Symbolic interaction theory. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology, Vol 7, (pp 526-528). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hewitt, J. P. (2000). Self and society: A symbolic interactionist social psychology (8th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. (pp. 6–10, 19–23)

Prus, R. (1996). Symbolic interaction and ethnographic research: Intersubjectivity and the study of human lived experience. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. (pp. 67-75)

Sarbin, T. (2003). The dramaturgical approach to social psychology: The influence of Erving Goffman. In R. Sternberg (Ed.). The anatomy of impact: What makes the great works of psychology great (pp. 125-136). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Dimitrijevic, A. (2006). Narrating postmodern selfhood: Autobiographical, existential, and cyberspace aspects. Symbolic Interaction, 29(4), 587-594.

Young, T. R. (1987). Hard times and hard tomatoes: The plight of symbolic interactional theory in an interactionally deficient society.

Write a page or two in response to the above material describing either the relation you see to other material we have discussed in the course or the application you see to your particular area(s) of interest in Psychology. Bring the response paper to the Feb. 6th class or post it on the Dialogue Forum before the class.

For a bibliography (taken mostly from Prus) of works representative of the various strains of Symbolic Interactionism and available in the York libraries click here.

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