Sociology Index

Social Interaction

Georg Simmel, a German professor of philosophy, pictured society as a web of interactions between people. Georg Simmel, in his analysis of power, argued that the powerful could not exercise their power without the complicity of their subordinates, and power is an interaction.

If there are social structures like the family, they are to be considered as mere crystallizations of interactions between individuals. Commentators have concentrated on his formal sociology, his analyses of social interaction and his views about the functions of social conflict.

Social Interaction is the process by which people act and react in relation to others. The acts people perform toward each other and the responses they return for those acts. Social Interaction is the ability to have an effect on one's own environment. The ways in which partners agree on their goals, negotiate behavior, and distribute resources. Social interaction includes a large number of behaviors.

Social Interaction occurs in the process in which people transfer goods, services, and other items with each other or is exchanged for some type of reward for equal or greater value. The evolution of economic exchange from barter to paper money to credit represents a rationalization of daily life. This economic quantification of social interaction was a further illustration of the separation of the form from the content of social life. Simmel's analysis of money provided a phenomenological alternative to Marxist economic categories.

Social Interaction as a concept is very familiar and important to Americans considering the idea of competition is built in to their economy and society.

Social Interaction occurs in the process in which people work together to achieved shared goals and this could involve the giving up of individual goals for group goals.

Social Interaction occurs in the process by which people attempt to physically or socially conquer each other or compel other people to do something against their will.

Technology and social interaction: the emergence of 'workplace studies'
We have relatively little understanding of the ways in which new technologies feature in day to day organizational conduct and interaction. We discuss so-called 'workplace studies' and consider their implications for our understanding of organizational conduct, social interaction and new technology. - Christian Heath, Hubert Knoblauch and Paul Luff - British Journal of Sociology - Volume 51 Issue No.2



Social Interaction in Virtual Environments: Key Issues - and Connections between Different Areas of Research; Ralph Schroeder - Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden.

An introduction to ethnomethodological conversation analysis. When we meet others and start stretches of social interaction we use a large amount of resources with which we produce and understand each other.

Theorizing Social Interaction in European Institutions.