Mediation in Social Worlds

TITLE: The Concept of Mediation in Social Worlds
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AUTHOR: Mavarine Du-Marie

DATE: 2nd June 2010

CITATION:

“…I will be applying in this essay, the ‘ideational’ type, which means looking at it from the perspective of impact rather than creativity, that is the “… ideational structure that we use to interpret the world dictates which features of social reality we focus upon, the logic that we use to analyse a problem, and, perhaps most importantly, it shapes the goals we perceive to be in our interests. In this perspective, action is not teleological in structure. An action is shaped first and foremost by an actor’s choice of a means for interpreting and organizing information. It is the choice of ideational structure that will drive subsequent action…” (Edwards, 2009, p.128) thereby giving a frame of reference to what follows on from applying the concept of mediation in understanding social worlds…”

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GLOSSARY NOTE:

Mediation:   Martin Albrow (1999) states the reality of social relations is a human achievement maintained through our senses and the ways in which we express ourselves in and through the material world, and this is done by the ‘mediation’ process.   And we can perceive this embeddedness of relations in reality through the notion of ‘media’, which is the plural of ‘medium’.   A medium permits in some way information about two or more subjects to be conveyed between them, hence they are ‘mediated’ and there are four broad types of media of social relations: sensate, ideational, technological and abstract systems.

SOURCE: Albrow, M., (1999), ‘Mediation‘, Constituting Society, Chapter 3: Sociological Theory, Sociology the Basics, published by Routledge, London.

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