What is socialization from the viewpoint of symbolic interactions?

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Great question and there has been a lot of work on this from Durkheim and more recently Mary Douglas. All people within a society share symbols and these symbols not only reflect society and the structure of that culture, but also reinforce that same structure.

So, these symbols are powerful...

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Great question and there has been a lot of work on this from Durkheim and more recently Mary Douglas. All people within a society share symbols and these symbols not only reflect society and the structure of that culture, but also reinforce that same structure.

So, these symbols are powerful from a social and cultural point of view. Also when people get frustrated and attack symbols, this means that there will probably be a shift in society. If people honor these symbols, then it is an indicator that society is stable. For more information on this important topic, see Mary Douglas' book, Natural Symbols.

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