The interactionist perspective focuses on how individuals interact with one another in society, such as the symbols or meanings people attach to their actions or the actions of others. Unlike functionalist and conflict perspectives, which are defined as looking at the bigger picture of sociology, or macro, the interactionist perspective is described as micro due to the fact that is deals with individuals in small groups. Symbolic interactionism is defined as the behaviors of humans on which is solely based off meanings that are created for everyday things.
Max Weber was an influential person when talking about the development of the interactionist perspective. Weber first noted that