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Ihas 1 Tina Ihas Professor Melody Hessing Sociology 1111, Assignment 3 January 28, 2018 Part A In Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical analysis, what is the difference between the ”front stage” and the ”backstage”? Provide an example to illustrate. Erving Goffman (1922-1982) was a Canadian sociologist who theorized that people live their lives in a constant state of performance, as if they were actors on a stage, putting on the required interpretation of what each audience requires from them, and what that audience will respond best to, in any given situation. Goffman’s theory of dramaturgical analysis proposes the idea of a “front-stage” where the individual, much like an actor, is in a constant state of performance providing their audience with the line they need and “backstage” where an individual is off the stage and can put their guard down, relax and be a little more comfortable. In my own life, I work in a job where I alternate between “front-stage” and “backstage” regularly, sometimes during short periods of time and sometimes I have a whole day where I find myself either front or back stage. I work with Hospice and when I am working with clients and their families I am front-stage, attempting to keep my face under control (face work) while providing my audience with the responses and information they need me to give. When I am in my car traveling from front-stage to front-stage, I have a window of time to go backstage and reflect, perhaps even to shed a tear or more likely sing along with the car radio. Word count 223 Works Cited n.d. Dramaturgical Analysis in Sociology: Definition & Examples. Accessed 26 Jan. 2018. -
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Ihas 2 quiz.html . Cole, Nicki Lisa, Ph.D. 2018, January 22. Goffman's Front Stage and Back Stage Behavior . Accessed 26 Jan. 2018 . What is the difference between networks, social groups, and bureaucracies? (Hint: In your answer, make sure to provide clear definitions and examples of each of the three concepts.) Social groups are two or more people who interact on a regular basis and who share a sense that their identity is somehow aligned with the group through similar interests or values (page 221). One example of a group is a quilt guild. Quilters often identify themselves to others in their community as “quilters”, they are very dedicated to the hobby which is seen in the commitment they have to their social group - the quilters’ guild. Quilters’ guilds meet monthly or as often as every week and time is spent focused on learning new quilting techniques, making quilts for charity and building the social relationships they have with one another.
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