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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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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.
This is an example of the looking-glass self. Sociologist Charles Cooley, in an excerpt of his writings included in Spencer Cahill's Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology, chapter 4, writes: In a very large and interesting class of cases the social reference takes the form of a somewhat definite imagination of how one's self--that is, any idea he appropriates--appears in a particular mind; and the kind of self-feeling one has is determined by the attitude toward this attributed to that other mind.
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.