Using a unique step-by-step, integrated approach, this text organizes the basic concepts of symbolic interactionism in such a way that students understand them clearly and are able to apply them to their own lives. It emphasizes the active side of human beings–humans as definers and users of the environment, humans as problem solvers and in control of their own actions–and it shows students how society makes us, and how we in turn shape society.
The seventh edition of this introductory text to the sociological and psychological study of symbolic interaction has been edited to allow easier reading and teaching of the covered material. Opening with a look at the OJ Simpson trial, it unwraps our preconceptions on understanding social events, stressing the importance of the viewer in the viewed. Ideas are explored philosophically and through case studies, and some are further distilled into tables. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)