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The Interaction between the Self and the Society: A Case Study on Kobe Bryants New Image

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In sociology, the concept of social reality is simply expressed and
defined as the interaction of the individual or the Self with his/her
surrounding, the person's "reality" as s/he perceives it. For a social
reality to become real, there must be interaction and existence between the
individual and the society. Although not manifested physically, the
society interacts with the individual in numerous ways, shaping the way
s/he thinks and perceives his/her Self. Interaction between the individual
and society, indeed, determines one of the most important studies on
sociology—that is, how the members of the society construct and give
meaning to their social realities as they experience and perceive it.
The dynamic process of the social experience is mirrored in the
sociological tradition of symbolic interactionism, which studies the
behavior of the individuals and societies through observation and
description. In symbolic interactionism, people's appearance, gestures,
and language serve as representations, or symbols, that people use when
they interact in social situations. Through this method, social experience
and meaning are developed both by the individual and by the society,
enabling social scientists study the interaction, meaning, and significance
of social actions and experiences to the society in general.
Using the case study of basketball player Kobe Bryant, this paper
studies in detail information regarding Bryant's transformation (as he
faces charges of sexual molestation) from being an athlete to being a
believer of God, a "responsible" and "good" man. Utilizing theories for
and against symbolic interactionism, this paper looks at the similarities
and differences in which Bryant's experience has altered his image not only
as a basketball player, but also mainly as an individual interacting with
his society.
After cases of sexual assault and molestation had been cha...

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