Symbolic interactionism is a micro-level approach to sociology. It sees face-to-face interactions as the building blocks of larger social institutions. Describe how individuals interacting with each other produce larger social institutions. Pick an example and describe how specific social acts can, when repeated by many people, produce large-scale social structures.


Symbolic interactionism: Individual interaction create social institutions

Rules, relationship patterns, behaviors across the whole society are called social intuitions.  Behavior of an individual is regulated by the institute. Exchange between two or more individuals is called social interaction. People design systems, rules, cultures and institution by interacting with each other (Slobin, Gerhardt, Kyratzis & Guo, 2014). People learn so much from their interactions. For example, we do not ask personal questions from any stranger. We only ask personal questions to our close friends. We do not ask cashier to put treat our face we only ask beauticians to treat our face. If we see 10 -15 years back no one used to talk about cosmetic surgeries. Back then body image was not important. People didn’t care about it. But now in recent year (Lunde, 2013).It became so popular because of few celebrities for example Kardashians and Beyoncé. They changed everything about body image. They came up to the media without hiding their surgeries. From micro blading to buttocks. Not only celebrities, but people who have access to media, they are following this trend. Now in this time, these surgeries are very normal to talk about. People are openly taking about cosmetic surgeries. This is how an act which is repeated can make social structure


Slobin, D., Gerhardt, J., Kyratzis, A., & Guo, J. (2014). Social interaction, Social Context, and

Language. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

Lunde, C. (2013). Acceptance of cosmetic surgery, body appreciation, body ideal internalization,

and fashion blog reading among late adolescents in Sweden. Body Image, 10(4), 632-635. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.06.007