Five Types of Social Interactions 1. Cooperation 2. Conflict 3. Social exchange 4. Coercion 5. Conformity
Cooperation Interaction in which individuals or groups combine their efforts to reach a goal. Usually occurs during times of high stress. Activity: Take out a piece of paper and write down what changes would occur if from now on people were born with four thumbs. Just brainstorm and write down whatever ideas come to mind. Now count and mark how many responses you had.
Cooperation Now pair up in groups of two. What would you do if you were given one million pipe cleaners? Brainstorm all ideas with partner. Count total and mark how many, and compare first total with second. Was brainstorming easier alone or with a group? Without some degree of cooperation, social life could not exist.
Conflict Conflict – interaction aimed at defeating an opponent. Conflict is normally thought of as disruptive form of interaction. However: Conflict can be socially beneficial. Sociologists Georg Simmel stated that conflict actually promotes cooperation.
Conflict Conflict also draws attention to social inequities. Change norms, beliefs, and values Our book says that even the KKK can have a functional purpose. Do you agree or disagree?
Social Exchange All men, or most men, wish what is noble but choose what is profitable; and while it is noble to render a service not with an eye to receiving one in return, it is profitable to receive one. One ought, therefore, if one can, to return the equivalent of services received, and to do so willingly. Aristotle
Social Exchange A voluntary action performed in the expectation of getting a reward. Do for others as they have done for you. Benefit earned > Relationship What is the difference between cooperation and social exchange? People working at a bake sale, how can the scenario be cooperation? How can it be social exchange?