Social Action Theories

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Social Action/Interactionists
Perspective that takes a 'micro' or 'bottom up' view of society instead of the 'macro' or 'top down' view of structuralists. Interactionists say that structuralists put too much emphasis on the power of the system.
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Social Identity
The way that an individual is perceived by their society.
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Self
The way that an individual perceives him or herself.
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Anti-School subculture
Group of students who band together in opposition to school values, perhaps as a reaction to negative labelling by teachers.
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Interpretations
Meanings that individuals attach to certain social situation. These influence their behaviour.
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Labelling Theory
Idea that categorising or stereotyping individuals or grous can seriously affect behaviour.
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Self fulfilling prophecy
Prediction that makes itself come true.
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Social Actor
Individual. Social action theorists stress the power of individuals 'social actors' to construct a social reality.
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Social Construction
The way in which people create the social world through every day interactions.
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The way that an individual is perceived by their society.

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Self

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Anti-School subculture

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