| || George Herbert Mead and Human Conduct |
by Herbert Blumer, edited by Thomas J. Morrione
In this posthumous volume, renowned sociologist Herbert Blumer analyzes George Herbert Mead's position in the study of human conduct. Engaged with Mead's work for more than half a century, Blumer explored Mead's ideas for developing the theoretical and methodological position of symbolic interactionism, a term that Blumer would later introduce. Although Blumer focused on the sociological and social psychological implications of Mead's pragmatism, his objective was to explore social processes embodied in and formed through social action. Envisioning individual and collective social action as ongoing accomplishments achieved through symbolic interaction. Blumer insisted on grounding scholarly knowledge about the human condition in the empirical world of people's experiences.
Edited and introduced by Thomas J. Morrione, a colleague and friend to whom Blumer entrusted his unpublished papers, this volume also includes Blumer's correspondence with David L. Miller about Mead's theories and other related correspndence. For a greater understanding of both Mead's and Blumer's philosophies, this volume will be essential reading for students and teachers of social theory and symbolic interactionism. AltaMira Publishers (December 2003)