In this lesson, you will learn how the self is connected to social phenomena, such as gender, race, and the media, and how interactions construct them all. You will be acquiring some new analytic tools, including the concepts of socialization and impression management. This lesson presents concepts of self from Freud, Mead, and Cooley; impression management and presentation of the self from Goffman; socialization; statuses and roles; and the social construction of emotions. You will be introduced to a new way of looking at the self—indeed, a new way of looking at your self—that emphasizes the role of the social in creating the individual. And you will be reminded of the reverse: as your society makes you who you are, you have a role (in fact, many roles) to play in shaping your society. The Case Study for this week allows you a chance to analzye how behaviors travel through social networks.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Identify processes of socialization and theories of the self.

  • Compare socialization agents.

  • Analyze media content.


Be sure to hand these in before the deadline

  • InQuizitive Chapter 4 (Thursday at 9:30am)

  • Bechdel Test Application (Sunday at 10:00pm)




If you have any questions at all about what you are supposed to do this week, please remember I am here to help. Reach out any time so we can support your success.

Lesson Keywords

  • Socialization

  • Self

  • Looking-glass self

  • Mead’s theory of the self

  • Generalized other

  • Thomas theorem

  • Definition of the situation

  • Dramaturgy

  • Impression management

  • Frontstage/backstage

  • Social construction

  • cooling the mark out

  • agents of socialization

  • hidden curriculum

  • total institutions

  • resocialization

  • status

  • ascribed status

  • embodied status

  • achieved status

  • master status

  • role

  • role conflict

  • role strain

  • emotional work/labor

  • agency

  • saturated self

  • civil inattention

The least you need to know

Theoretical perspectives of the self