Charles Cooley

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Birthday
17, 1864
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
May 8, 1929 (64)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
17, 1864
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
May 8, 1929 (64)

About

Sociologist who developed the idea of the 'looking-glass self', which posits that our self-image is generated by the feedback we get from others. This revolutionary work in sociology was first introduced in his book Human Nature and the Social Order in 1902.

Before Fame

His early work was grounded in economic theory, looking at the formation of cities around transportation routes.

Trivia

He formed the the concept of primary groups, with whom we are closest, and which shape our morals and values.

Family Life

He was married to Elsie Jones, the daughter of a professor, whose substantial wealth and management of household affairs allowed him to focus on academics.

Associated With

His theories of sociology stood almost in direct opposition to those of Sigmund Freud.