- Social agreements made through communication - (communicate with words, actions, postures, symbols, and gestures)
- A framework for building theory that sees society as the product of everyday interactions of individuals (micro level approach)
- Focuses on the meanings people attach to interaction and the way people interpret those meanings
- Early symbolic interactionists
- George Herbert Mead ((1863-1931)
- Our conceptions of ourselves are products of our interactions with others
- Georg Simmel (1858-1918)
- Organizations on large scales merely extensions of process of interaction that could be observed between 2 people
- Example: Symbolic Interactionism would ask these kinds of questions about prostitution:
- What kinds on interactions take place between the client and prostitute?
- What meanings do the people attach to their interaction?
- What are the codes of understood behavior?