Situation, Structure, and the Context of Meaning

The Sociological Quarterly 23 (Autumn):455-476 (1982)
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Abstract

By comparing some founding concepts underlying developing interest in the role of signs and symbols in social life, such as the nature of the sign in Charles Peirce and Ferdinand de Saussure and in Emile Durkheim and George Herbert Mead, and then exploring recent developments in structuralism and symbolic interactionism, a critical appraisal of their theories of meaning is made in the context of an emerging semiotic sociology.

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Eugene Halton
University of Notre Dame

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