Social Action Theory

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  • Social Action Theory
    • Or Interactionists see meanings behind actions and shape their own
    • Individuals are not puppets of society
    • Attitudes and actions of others influence those around us
    • Society is a product of interaction
    • We interpret situations and use them to make sense of behaviour
    • Symbols help discover meanings behind behaviour
    • Symbolic Interactionism
      • Acquiring knowledge on what is appropriate
      • Certain situations demand social responses
    • Socialisation and Identity
      • Socialisation involves learning shared interpretation
      • Individuals gain a social identity
      • Identity relates to characteristic traits in certain cultures
    • Labelling
      • The consensus of meaning is constantly changing
      • Laws set rules for certain groups to control their behavious


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