RE: [xmca] George Herbert Mead. help please

From: Andy Blunden <ablunden who-is-at>
Date: Wed Oct 31 2007 - 06:14:56 PDT

Please understand Michael that my knowledge of Mead is very thin; I only
know what have read in terms of a couple of hundred pages of his writings,
a couple of biographical articles and of course I am familiar with the
Progressive Movement, Dewey, Peirce and everyone, of which he was a part.
But I get the impression that he worked out these ideas, as you say, in
dialogue especially with Dewey and in the midst of that milieu, but I don't
imagine that there was a lot of laboratory work involved, controlled
experiments and observation, and so on, by Mead, during his own lifetime.
The Vygotsky school on the other and incorporates today many decades of
empirical and practical experimental work and observation by scores of
psychologists. Yes? How many research groups or psychological practitioners
use Symbolic Interactionism specifically today, as their comprehensive
theoretical paradigm?

At 08:58 AM 31/10/2007 -0400, you wrote:
>Mead's work was not just one man - he was surrounded by an entire group at
>the University of Chicago that had come together under the umbrella of
>this type of Pragmatic thought. John Dewey recruited him to the
>University of Chicago from the Univfersity of Michigan, and they were best
>friends - both intellectually and socially. There was also a large, more
>application oriented group centered around Jane Addams and Hull House, and
>the nascent labor movement. When Dewey went to Columbia, there was a
>great deal of cross-pollination between the group he started at Columbia
>and Mead who stayed at the University of Chicago and the remains of that
>group. Mead's ideas are not the ideas of one man but a brilliant
>philosophical movement that helped to create what we now call psychology,
>and sociology, and qualitative methodology, and even to a certain extent
>much of modern anthropology (Boas was also a marginal member of this whole
>I'm interested, why would you think the ideas are so much more speculative
>than say CHAT?
>From: on behalf of Andy Blunden
>Sent: Wed 10/31/2007 8:21 AM
>Subject: [xmca] George Herbert Mead. help please
>I'm currently reading a collection of George Herbert Mead, which confirms
>my view that his ideas on social psychology were very close to our own,
>though inevitably, as the work of just one man, relatively speculative.
>Can anyone recommend to me a critique of Mead by a CHAT person, perhaps a
>message in the XCMA archive or a paper available in HTML or PDF? I know
>that you guys cover him in your courses at UCSD.
> Andy Blunden : tel (H) +61 3 9380 9435,
>mobile 0409 358 651
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