Social Science Today

Social Science Today

ISSN: 2368-7169 (Print)    ISSN: 2368-7177 (Online)

Volume 1 (2014), No. 1, Pages 24-36

DOI: 10.12735/sst.v1i1p24

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The Interactionist Perspectives of George Herbert Mead and Harvey Sacks

George Psathas1 

1Department of Sociology, Boston University, USA


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The perspectives of George Herbert Mead, as found in various texts developed from his lectures (edited and published posthumously by his students), and Harvey Sacks’ lectures (recorded and edited by Gail Jefferson) and writings on interaction, are examined to show the differences and occasional similarities between their points of view. Mead’s perspective is shown to be that of the analyst/theorist whereas Sacks‘ focus was on ongoing practical accomplishments by members of society.

Keywords: interaction, Mead, Sacks, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, gesture, attitude, meaning, significant symbol, symbolic interaction, Pollner, explicative transactions, Schegloff

To Cite this Article: Psathas, G. (2014). The interactionist perspectives of George Herbert Mead and Harvey Sacks. Social Science Today, 1(1), 24-36.

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The Interactionist Perspectives of George Herbert Mead and Harvey Sacks