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Study Guide for The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life – by Erving Goffman Q: Erving Goffman invented the dramaturgical approach to studying social interaction. Views social life as a theatre Focus is on what happens when people are in the presence of others, on how they play their roles Q: As noted in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life , Erving Goffman views routine social interaction as a/an cooperative effort between the social actor and his/her audience The actor may play a role, but her or she must be helped along by the complicity of the audience Q: As Erving Goffman explains in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life , getting information about someone who has just entered the situation you are in helps you to define the situation, enabling others to know in advance what he will expect of them and what they may expect of him Q: Erving Goffman explains in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life that there are many sources of information available to those present in a situation. Too, there are many carriers/ sign-vehicles ” available for conveying this information. Q: As Erving Goffman explains in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life : Even if you don’t know a person who has just entered the room you are in, his/her conduct and appearance will give you clues about the sort of person (s)he is. These clues will allow you to recall any previous experience you have had with similar individuals; then apply untested stereotypes to the newcomer. Q: As Erving Goffman notes in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life , many crucial facts about an individual lie either outside of the situation in which you are interacting with him/her, or lie concealed within that situation. Consequently, that individual’s “true” or “real” attitudes, behaviors and emotions can only be discerned indirectly, through what (s)he asserts or through his/her involuntary expressive behavior.
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