Perception and Reflection: Mead's Theory of Perspectives Mead's concept of sociality, as we have seen, implies a vision of reality as situational, or perspectival. It is clear that both consensus and conflict are significant dimensions of social process; and in Mead's view, the problem is not to decide either for a consensus model of society or for a conflict model, but to describe as directly as possible the function of both consensus and conflict in human social life.
There are two models of the act in Mead's general philosophy: 1 the model of the act-as-such, i. These forms of "symbolic interaction" that is, social interactions that take place via shared symbols such as words, definitions, roles, gestures, rituals, etc.
Palmer and Josiah Royce The emergent event itself indicates the continuities within which the event may be viewed as continuous.
If we can forget everything involved in one set of activities, obviously we relinquish that part of the self. Mead describes the act as developing in four stages: 1 the stage of impulse, upon which the organic individual responds to "problematic situations" in his experience e. Only when we have significant symbols can we truly have communication.
See, Mead on sociality and emergence in The Philosophy of the Present, for example, Mead b: For example, a great many human organizations derive their raison d'etre and their sense of solidarity from the existence or putative existence of the "enemy" communists, atheists, infidels, fascist pigs, religious "fanatics," liberals, conservatives, or whatever.
Whereas the environment provides the conditions within which the acts of the organism emerge as possibilities, it is the activity of the organism that transforms the character of the environment.
The new attitude is a suggestion.