Sunday, September 2, 2007

Appendix D: Symbolic Interactionism

Symbolic interactionism is a theory which is based on how humans define the interaction between their:

  • identities
  • expereiences
  • behaviours
  • realities and
  • social interactions

Humans create self idenitity based on their interactions and experiances with others. (Armstrong, 2007).

Armstrong (2007) claims the three basic principles of symbolic interactionism are:

"a) Humans act toward thing/experiences on the basis of the meaning those things/experience have for them.

b) The source of the meanings for thing/experiences are derived from or arises out of soial interaction with others and

c) The meanins of things/experiences are handled in an modified through an interpretive process used by the individual in dealing with the things he/she encounters." (Armstrong, 2007).

Taken from
Armstrong, K. L. (2007). Self, situations, and sport consumption: An exploratory study of symbolic interactionism. Journal of Sport and Behavior, 30(2), 111-129

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