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Introduction to Sociology

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Unit 2 Lecture 2 Notes
Unit 2 Lecture 2: Taking the Role of the Other

George Herbert Mead, Mind, Self and Society

  • self consciousness involves being conscious of others

  • it involves "participation in the other"--"the appearance of the other in the self"

  • taking the role of the other means putting yourself in another person's place to think/reflect about yourself

  • taking the role of the other helps to control your own response

  • taking the role of the other is important for the development of cooperative activity

  • this reflective cooperative activity takes cooperation "farther than it can be carried in the herd as such, or in insect society"

  • taking the role of the other helps to integrate the individual with organized social processes

  • taking the role the other is also a source of self criticism