Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on interactionism and reflexivity. There are two philosophical roots of Interactionism: one is Phenomenology and the second is Ethnography. Phenomenology is a study of the construction of experience or consciousness. It is the study of “Phenomena”. It explains why things appear, as they are, what role they play in our lives or how we experience them and finally how experiences influence us. It includes all our sensory powers and capabilities of hearing, seeing, touching and everything that makes up an “experience”. This may include all animate and inanimate objects. It studies the entire structure of experience, starting from a thought or intention and finally translating into action. The intermediate processes, from thought to action are all studied by Phenomenology. This includes, foremost, how we perceive things, what thoughts and imagination they provoke in our mind and memory, what emotions are aroused, how will towards that task, and finally, how the action is taken or executed. Edmund Husserl was among the pioneers of the Phenomenology when it was first launched in the early 20th century. He believed that the center of all experience is the intention. It is not what final experience will bring about that decides how an individual will perceive or what an individual will learn from it. It is what the individual intends to get from experience that decides the meaning of the experience for the individual. (Smith, 2003)

Ethnography, on the other hand, is the collection of writings based on qualitative and quantitative details of human social phenomena. It is derived from fieldwork and includes a study of traveling and office records. It takes into account all aspects of research because it believes that the components of the system don’t exist separately and therefore cannot be studied independently of each other. The influence of one part on the other has to be taken into&nbsp.consideration.&nbsp.

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