Interpretivist Confunsion Watch

IzzyBradshaw98
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Hi everyone. I'm a bit confused by interpretivist theory. Are they the same as social action and interactionist theory? Are things like Weber's social action theory, symbolic action theory, labelling theory, the dramaturgical model and phenomenology all classed as interpretivist theory/social action theory / interactionist theory and they are all just branches of those theories?
Thanks for your help in advance 😊
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This is a really good question!
I don't have enough time to answer it fully on here, but basically...
Social Action approaches are a group of perspectives that include Weberian, Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology.
They have a few things in common - they all do a lot of micro, qualitative research (and are therefore almost always interpretivists), and they all believe that human behaviour is unique and unpredictable (and therefore do not see the need to generate social facts or generalise theories). They believe that we have free will and have the ability to change/shape society.

Possible SCLY4 exam questions for this year:
Assess social action perspectives
Assess the usefulness of interactionist theory and research to our understanding of society today.

Best wishes,
Vicki
www.socialsciencetutor.co.uk
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