Theoretical Reductionism: Forcing a Covering Law Doctrine of Behavioral Psychology on the Sociology of Everyday Communication and Interaction

J Forbes Farmer

Abstract


This paper is an attempt to show that despite the stated differences in the explanations of interaction motives and rituals espoused by micro-sociologists, the major approach to the study of communication, language and social exchange is behavioral psychology. This includes the use of the covering law propositions of hedonism and cost-benefit analysis. With evidence from original writings, the author creates a Homansian assimilation of Goffman’s dramaturgical analysis.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jsss.v6i1.13730

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