To make social theory useful for practice its concepts must be in a form which is compatible with the ways practitioners relate to people. Symbolic interaction has a unique contribution to make to this endeavor. Its unit of attention is interaction; what goes on between people. Facts and ideas at this level of abstraction can be used in intervention. By contrast theories of society and theories of system are descriptive. They provide useful background information for practice.
"Symbolic Interaction and Social Practice,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol6/iss1/3