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Marguerite Koole, PhD

Mead: Some Final Noteworthy Quotes

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“The process of conversation is one in which the individual has not only the right but the duty of talking to the community of which he is a part, and bringing about those changes which take place through the interaction of individuals. That is the way, of course, in which society gets ahead, by just such interactions as those in which some person thinks a thing out” (p. 168).


“. . . is that peculiar character and aspect of the environment of individual human experience which is due to human society, a society of other individual selves who take the attitude of the other toward themselves” (p. 171).

“The essence of the self, as we have said, is cognitive: it lies in the internalized conversation of gestures which constitutes thinking, or in terms of which thought or reflection proceeds. And, hence, the origin and foundations of the self, like those of thinking, are social” (p. 273).

  • [Note: The view that the self as a cognitive process is somewhat incommensurable with social constructionism.]

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”The reaction of the individual in this conversation of gestures is one that in some degree is continually modifying the social process itself” (p. 179)

“A symbol is nothing but a stimulus whose response is given in advance,’ (p. 18))


“The self is not something that exists first and then enters into relationship with others, but it is, so to speak, an eddy in the social current and so still a part of the current. It is a process in which the individual is continually adjusting himself in advance to the situation to which he belongs, and reacting back on it” (p. 182).

“The mind is simply the interplay of such gestures in the form of significant symbols” (p. 189).



Mead, G. H. (1934). Mind, self & society: From the standpoint of a social behaviorist. (C. W. Morris, Ed.) (Vol. 13). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

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