Human Behavior and Social Processes: An Interactionist by Arnold Rose

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The basic normative element taking-and-playing — that it is Social Psychology as is in role- the requirement that the actor be consistent behavior remain within the confines of a single role. remains within the role, the other will be generally it prepared to cope with the behavior, whether he approves of it or not. In institutional contexts, the additional normative element that what role each individual must play is introduced to insure the required division of labor and to minimize the costs of exploratory role-setting behavior.

Mead would recognize that it is possible for a person not to recall something he once knew. That is, he cannot guide himself by the recollection because it is not a specific object for him. In the text we are pointing to the fact that the unremembered object still influences his behavior because it has been incorporated into the meanings of other objects. 9 n Theory for Social Psychology be partly a result of the individuals' getting to know each other and acting partly in terms of their increasingly informed this to expectations for each other's behavior.

We it is suggest that the foregoing model merely of several may may ways insufficient generahty. in is It not in itself incorrect; describes only one of which the role-taking and role-playing process occur, only one of several kinds of dynamic relations which exist between self- and other-roles. Instead, we propose that the relations between self- and other-roles are interactive in a full sense, the ing upon the dynamic principles being of several sorts, depend- objectives of the role-players and of their relationships with one another.

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