Symbolic interaction theory

Aksan N., Kisac B., Aydin M., Demirbuken S.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.902-904 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.160
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.902-904
  • Keywords: Symbolic interaction, human behavior, social environment


The aim of this study is to explain symbolic interaction theory. Symbolic interaction is one of the several theories in the social sciences. According to this theory, people live both in the natural and the symbolic environment. Symbolic interaction is a process that is enlivened the reciprocal meaning and values by aid of the symbols in the mind. Meanings constitute of reciprocal interaction between persons. Objects don't have meaning on their own. But objects get their meanings from the social actors. Consequently symbolic interaction is a process of "interpretation of the action". Dewey, Cooley, Mead, Blumer and several other theorists attribute to this theory. Although all of them explain the certain aspects of human behavior, they all differ among themselves regarding the relative significance of interactionist perspectives. In this study, which totally depends on literature review, symbolic interaction theory is explained. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved