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ENGL 1052 THEATRE STUDIESLesson 2Erving Goffman,The Presentation of Self in Everyday LifeHave to act a certain way to gain trust:“Intentionally/unintentionally expresses himself and the others will in turn have to beimpressed in some way by him”Expectation/duty“immediate presence of others, his activity will have a promissory character”“[others]must accept the individual on faith”You only know the value of exchangeafterOthers thinking of smone before them:“Interest to control the conduct of others”“Influencing this definition of situation”“Lead them to act voluntarily in accordance to his own plan”e.g. police officer: uniformscholars: complicating languagerestaurant décor: influence your table mannersnot only apply on first impression, it’s an ongoing process“actas ifthe individual had conveyed a particular impression”How does a ‘working consensus’ help define a situation?
e.g.What we are doing, how we’re doing this classBe on time, read readings, rubrics for assignmentsWhen we don’t conform to the working consensus, we change the situation

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