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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.
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Origin of symbolic interactionism

First recorded in 1965–70
Related formssymbolic interactionist, noun
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