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How does the symbolic interactionism theory affect the social change within the family...

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brigaither | Student | (Level 2) Honors

Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM via web

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How does the symbolic interactionism theory affect the social change within the family institution?

How does the symbolic interactionism theory affect the views of the individual who is part of the family institution?

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cgrant2 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM (Answer #1)

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Symbolic interactionism theory is a theory that states that people impose symbolic meanings on objects, people, events, and behaviors. Thus, society is constructed through human interpretations. For example, family values are very important for some people. However, people can chose to embrace those values or reject those values. People impose values on people because people associate values with meanings. Each individual has their own set of beliefs in a family and these beliefs are excerised depending on the individual. Family unit does not operate as a collective, even though it is believed to do so. Each individual in the family has different values that are attributed to age, associations, values, etc. A child could have complete different view on a particular subject than their parents. 

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