How do interactionists view the role of socialization in creating a social self in society?

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The theory of interactionist perspective was developed by George Herbert Mead in the early 20th century, a theory coined as symbolic interactionism by his student Herbert George Blumer. According to Mead and Blumer jointly, people act upon symbols based on the meanings people ascribe to them, and these meanings are learned through social interaction but also open to interpretation. Ambiguous communication techniques, such as smiling, frowning, nodding, and other expressions, are all symbols that we interpret based on socialization. The term socialization can be defined as the process of amassing culture through learning what is considered normal behavior, beliefs, and values from others around us. Not only does the process of socialization allow us to interpret symbols around us, the process also allows us to develop a sense of self.

The theory of symbolic interactionism posits that we develop a sense of self through reflecting on our actions , arguing with ourselves, evaluating ourselves, etc....

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