Interaction as Reality-Maintenance

Ibercampus (July 29, 2014)

7 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2015 Last revised: 22 Jul 2017

Date Written: July 29, 2014


A commentary and development of some notions on interaction as reality-maintenance derived from Berger and Luckmann's treatise on 'The Social Construction of Reality'. Berger and Luckmann's analysis is supplemented with some additional observations on the interactional definition of the self, on the role of expectations and retrospection in reality-confirmation (so that reality could be defined as a process of self-fulfilling shared expectations), and on the function of ideologies, institutions, communications and mass media in the structuring and management of the multiple overlapping realities which make up the social world.

Keywords: Reality, Expectations, Communication, Interaction, Symbolic interactionism, Constructivism, Social theory, Institutions, Ideology

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Interaction as Reality-Maintenance (July 29, 2014). Ibercampus (July 29, 2014), Available at SSRN:

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005


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