Symbolic interaction theory addresses: a. social change produced through competition and conflict. b how social organization results from interaction. c. the importance of social activism to produce social change. d the subjective meaning of human acts and the processes through which people come to develop and communicate shared meanings. One of the major premises underlying symbolic interactionism is that interaction is made possible: a. because of social structure. (structural-functional)b because rules and regulations guide society. (structural-functional)c. through the development of shared symbolic meanings. d only because certain symbols have universal meanings. If a symbolic interactionist analyzed the Super Bowl, s/he would probably focus on: a. organization of TV broadcasting b. competition between the two teams c. subjective meaning for each player d. game strategy Sociologists are most inclined to explain behavior in terms of: a. individual personality characteristics. b. roles and social structures. c. the biological differences between people. d. individual attitudes ____ According to C. Wright Mills, the difficulties that John and Mary experience in their marriage represent a personal trouble. The fact that 250 out of every 1000 marriages ends in divorce within the first 4 years, however, is: a. a public issue. b. a sign of moral collapse. c. a latent dysfunction of marriage. d. meaningless. ____ The credit for founding the discipline of sociology is given to: a. Thomas Hobbes. b. Emile Durkheim. c. Auguste Comte. d. Herbert Spencer. ____ The idea that the economy provides the foundation on which all other social and political arrangements are built is referred to as: a. second order economics. b. economic determinism. c. capitalism and free enterprise. d. the dialectic. ____ Weber argued that part of the ideological foundation for capitalism came from: a. the dialectic. b. changing modes of production. c. Protestant religious values. d. the American frontier. ____ According to conflict theory, conflict between competing interests results in: a. social change. b. adaptation of the less powerful. c. adaptation of the more powerful. d. evolution. Your text concludes that the best theoretical perspective to use in studying human social interaction: a. is structural functional theory. b. is symbolic interaction theory. c. is conflict theory. d. depends on the topic being studied.
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