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Macro & Micro Theories

Please help understanding how the twentieth century theorists, such as those of the Chicago School, and especially G. H. Mead, left their mark for future synthesis and application to the real world.

What is grand (macro) and actor-driven (micro) theory? Like Erving Goffman's work and the influence on critiques of structuralism?

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The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in clarifying the relevance of the work of the Chicago School. I suggest using this simple outline if you were to write a paper:

1. On the Chicago School - people, impact - 150 words
2. On Macro, micro and Goffman's work - 150 words

This should yield around 300 words which should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic.

The Chicago School & Mead

In the 20's & 30's philosophers and sociologists from the University of Chicago including Albion Small, W.I. Thomas, Robert Park, E.W. Burgess, Florian Znaniecki and George Herbert Mead proposed and established ideas that impacted sociology and criminology as determined by their major body of works which emerged in these 2 decades. Much of their work focused on urban sociology and established working models of urban ethnography which in turn found application outside of Chicago ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of macro and micro theories as present in the ideas of the Chicago School. An explanation of the problem is presented and an outline is suggested; based on this, a narrative is provided to help the student in completing the task. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.