Provide an overview of the “symbolic interactionist” perspective in sociology – what are its main ideas, how does it differ from other sociological approaches.

Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
“Summary-Response Papers/Essays”(1) Provide an overview of the “symbolic interactionist” perspective in sociology – what are its main ideas, how does it differ from other sociological approaches. Next, summarize Erving Goffman’s “dramaturgical approach” (which is one variant of the interactionist perspective) and apply it to one specific social interaction that you have experienced in your social life.
To be more precise, you are to introduce, define and use Goffman’s key concepts – “social roles,” “social scripts,” “rehearsal,” “impression management,” “props,” “face-work” and “front” and “back” stage – to guide your analysis of the specific interaction you have chosen to illustrate your understanding of these concepts. Examples of interactions are job interviews, first day on the job, first dates, meeting the parents of significant others, professional or in-class presentations, playing basketball, etc..