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I have this question asked on my sociology class and would like to have a more deep and interesting explanation about it.

How is social interaction (i.e. interactionist theory) manifested in the ideas of Foucault and DuBois?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. I know that theories are quite difficult to grasp especially if you have to relate it to the ideas of philosophers. Don't worry; the ideas of Foucault and Dubois are easy enough to understand. The key in going about this is to distil the theory to its essentials and find how it relates to Foucauldian and Duboisan ideas. First, let us define social interaction theory. What is it?

Social interaction theory is one of the primary perspectives in sociology, one that sociologists use to explain social dynamics. At its heart, social interactionism looks at the symbolic meaning of face to face, group to group and individual interaction. This came from the ideas of George Mead who based his own observations of meaning making from the work of Max Weber. Max Weber studied how people make sense of the world and create ideas about it via their social relationships, group memberships and via discourse - ...

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