Exam 3 Study Questions

  1. What is the traditional sender receiver model of communication? What are its major assumptions? Do you see the assumptions as problematic? Why or why not? What does Garfinkel say about these assumptions and how does he say we deal with them?
  2. Identify and discuss the major forms of non-verbal communication? Is non-verbal communication important? Why or why not?
  3. What is meant by the "definition of the situation?" Why is it important in social interaction? What is the relationship between definitions of situations, the self, and others? How are situations defined?
  4. Discuss the processes involved in defining and giving meaning to others during social interaction. Why is it necessary define others? What is typification? Is typification necessary? How do stereotypes relate to typification? Are stereotypes good or bad? Explain your answer.
  5. What is power from the symbolic interactionists perspective? How does it relate to the definition of situations. What is the role of power in everyday interactions? How is it established? How does power become reified?