Symbolic Interactionism

10 Main Ideas from this school of thought:

- Symbolic interactionists hold very different opinions about human society than do other sociologists.
- According to this school of thought, humans have complex brains & little instinctive behaviour.
- Symbolic interactionists focus their research on the human mind rather than structures in society.
- The human brain intervenes to interpret what we observe and then translates that into action.
- Studies how individuals process and interpret what they observe in society.
- Famous practitioners of this school of thought are: George H. Mead, Charles Cooley and Herbert Blumer.
- This school of thought has been used since the 1950's until the present.
- To understand human society we must understand how the human mind works.
- People act based on their perceptions of themselves and others.