Modern symbolic interaction theory and health

Kathy Charmaz, Linda Liska Belgrave

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

13 Scopus citations


As sociologists we know that people are connected both to and through society. Individuals share much in the way of values and understandings of the world and their actions generally appear to be coordinated-yet human actors are more than well-socialized cogs in a machine. The symbolic interactionist perspective helps us understand relationships between the individual and the larger society as dynamic. This theoretical perspective views concepts of self, social situations, and society as accomplished through people's actions and interactions. Through its concepts and guiding assumptions, symbolic interactionism fosters theoretically-driven research with implications for medical sociology, which we address here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Sociology on the Move
Subtitle of host publicationNew Directions in Theory
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9789400761933
ISBN (Print)9400761929, 9789400761926
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Modern symbolic interaction theory and health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this