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symbolic interactionism

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noun Sociology.
  1. a theory that human interaction and communication is facilitated by words, gestures, and other symbols that have acquired conventionalized meanings.

Origin of symbolic interactionism

First recorded in 1965–70
Related formssymbolic interactionist, noun
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