1. Social agreements made through communication - (communicate with words, actions, postures, symbols, and gestures)
  2. A framework for building theory that sees society as the product of everyday interactions of individuals (micro level approach)
  3. 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?