Symbolic Interactionism is a sociological perspective that examines how individuals interact with each other and their environment, and how they interpret and give meaning to the symbols and signs around them. The theory emphasizes the importance of language, communication, and symbols in shaping human behavior and social interactions.
According to symbolic interactionism, individuals create and interpret symbols through their interactions with others and the world around them, and these symbols influence their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These symbols can include objects, gestures, words, and even concepts such as love, justice, and power. Symbolic interactionism posits that individuals actively create and negotiate meaning through their social interactions, and that meaning is not inherent in objects or actions themselves.