Mun&nsline;oz, Braulio
December 1980
Humanity & Society;Dec80, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p374
Academic Journal
Most significant human behavior is performed before an audience. Even the most intimate and complex of thoughts are a form of conversation between him who thinks and his or her "significant" or "generalized other." This conversation itself, of course, is made possible by the use of symbols which are in turn possible only in and through society, that is, in and through the company of others. In this sense all men are and, as such, subject to mutual appraisal. The acts are liable to be censured or approved. Indeed, this "openness to appraisal" of man lies at the core of the process people call socialization. The pressure to belong is not something to be dismissed lightly. Schools of thought may prove to be an important factor in determining professional careers. Sociologists are engaged in doing what is both a significant and human act. The professional acts are open to censure or approval. Sociological data is usually organized around some model of social reality which has available a specific terminology for its articulation.


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