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Discuss the terms symbolic interactionism and the looking-glass self. Give an example of each term.
Ben is a little nervous about how he will be perceived when he arrives for a job interview. He got his hair cut and wore his most expensive business suit so he would appear more like the person the firm would like to hire at the executive level. He knows that he “cleans up well” and hopes that will compensate for his rather weak resume. In terms of symbolic interactionism, explain what Ben is doing.
The body is adorned or altered in some way in every culture. Decorating the self serves a number of purposes. According to information provided in the text, what are these purposes? Provide an example of each. Which one of these purposes do you think is most important to marketers? Explain.