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Published: 16 January 2013

352 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199933754

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Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality

A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Social Psychology and Sociology

Fourth Edition

Kent L. Sandstrom, Kathryn J. Lively, Daniel D. Martin, and Gary Alan Fine

The fourth edition of Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality provides students with a succinct, engaging, and affordable introduction to symbolic interactionism--the perspective that social reality is created, negotiated, and changed through the process of social interaction.

Focusing on how elements of race and gender affect identity, the authors use real-world examples to discuss the personal significance of symbolic interactionism, its expanding theoretical scope, and its relationship to other prominent perspectives in sociology and social psychology. They skillfully cover empirical research topics that are inherently interesting to students, such as the dynamics of self-development, impression management, identity transformation, gender play, rumor transmission, and collective action.

New to this Edition:

  • * A new chapter (7) on emotions
  • * Increased coverage of race, class, and sexuality in topical discussions
  • * Updated discussions of recent social phenomena and movements