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Charles Cooley

AKA Charles Horton Cooley

Born: 17-Aug-1864
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, MI
Died: 8-May-1929
Location of death: Ann Arbor, MI
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Educator, Sociologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Looking-glass self

Sociologist Charles Cooley is best known for his concept of "looking-glass self", the theory that self-image is formed largely by the messages we get from others, and an individual's interpretation of those messages. The three components to Cooley's looking glass self are (1) envisioning how one's self appears to others, (2) imagining what others must think of one's appearance, and (3) developing self-feeling, such as pride or shame, from one's understanding of these perceived judgments by others. He was a founder of the American Sociological Association, in 1905. Cooley's father, Michigan Supreme Court Judge Thomas M. Cooley, is the namesake of Michigan's Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Father: Thomas McIntyre Cooley (judge, b. 1824, d. 1898)
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Horton Cooley (b. 1830, m. 1846)
Wife: Elsie Jones Cooley (m. 1890, one son, two daughters)

    High School: Ann Arbor High School, Ann Arbor, MI (1880)
    University: BS, University of Michigan (1887)
    University: MS Engineering, University of Michigan (1891)
    University: PhD Sociology, University of Michigan (1894)
    Teacher: Science and economics, University of Michigan (1892-1904)
    Teacher: Sociology, University of Michigan (1904-07)
    Professor: Sociology, University of Michigan (1907-1929)

    US Census Bureau (1890-92)
    US Interstate Commerce Commission Statistician (1889-90)
    American Economic Association
    American Sociological Association Co-founder (1905), President (1918)

Author of books:
The Theory of Transportation (1894)
Personal Competition (1899)
Human Nature and the Social Order (1902)
Social Organization (1909)
Social Process (1918)
Life and the Student (1927)
Sociological Theory and Social Research (1930)


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