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A Behavioral Examination of Mead's View of Role-Taking
Ernest G. Rigney Jr. and Richard L Smith
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 71-81
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/si.1918.104.22.168
Page Count: 11
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According to Mead, self appears as individuals take the role of others toward their own gestures. In two investigations, the hand movements of subjects were observed as they verbalized different commands specifying hand or head movement to another person. The first investigation explored the possibility of directly observing and recording instances of role-taking. In the second, the visual accessibility between experimental subjects was varied in order to assess its effect on the frequency of overt role-taking. Results indicate that the process of role-taking is amenable to direct observation; and, furthermore, that overt role-taking decreases as visual accessibility increases.
Symbolic Interaction © 1991 Wiley