looking-glass self

looking-glass self

the conception of the ‘social self as arising ‘reflectively’ as the outcome of the reaction to the opinion of others. This term was coined by Charles COOLEY, but the general idea is one that he shared with William James and SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM.
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Among the topic are a class analysis of Hawai'i, social theory and Malawi's global encounters, taking a social semiotic view of the spread of English, Jewish identity in white and black, complexity and contradiction regarding sexuality in the Arab world, contributions to social theory from dialogic feminism, defining democracy and public education in South Africa, religious identity in the classroom and the looking-glass self, and indigenous knowledge and pedagogy.
Cooley's Looking-Glass Self provides the service learner with a tool to find positives in the peoples lives they are working with and for.
This is similar to Cooley's (1902) looking-glass self in that a person sees his behaviors reflected back to him by those around him.