2007_06_18 Supporting identity

2007_06_18 Supporting identity - 3. Impression management...

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2007_06_18 Chapter 9: Supporting Identity (The Presentation of Self) 1. Questions 1.1.What are immediate impressions based upon? - Personal attributes -> Social attributes a) Physical features Height ->power Physique ->gender, power Appearance ->class Health ->power b) Mannerisms ->class c) Clothing ->class d) Skin tone, facial structure ->Race, ethnicity e) Age ->power 1.2.What are the specific markers that we notice? 1.3.Are immediate impressions value-neutral? 2. Culture and Impression formation 2.1.The values attached to different traits (desirable/non-desirable) or ascribed statuses differ spatially and temporally 2.2.Impressions formed are linked to the historical and cultural context 2.3.What are the possible consequences of 'immeadiate impression formation' based on observable traits?
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Unformatted text preview: 3. Impression management (Erving Goffman 1959) 3.1.The process through which individuals seek to present a favorable impression of themselves 3.2.Primary goal: project or sell a particular identity that will increase the chances of obtaining favorable outcomes in social situations 3.3.Tailoring images to 'fit a situation' 3.4.Conscious overemphasis of 'real' attributes in possibilities of misinterpretation 3.5.Altering physical appearance 4. Definition of the situation 4.1.An agreement about who they are, proper actions, proper goals, and what behaviors or phrases mean 4.2.Active negotiation of meaning 4.3.Invoke pre-existing definitions of the specific situation 4.4.Frames: set of widely understood rules or norms related to a common social situation...
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