question 7 - not acceptable. The way Garfinkel's work...

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7. What is a degradation ceremony and why are they important? Connect Garfinkel's work to the lectures and readings on emotions. Degradation ceremony: refers to communicative work directed towards transforming an individual's total identity into an identity lower in the relevant group's scheme of social types. Garfinkel argued that the structural conditions of moral indignation and shame -the conditions of status degradation—are universal to all societies. Law courts are one example where degradation ceremonies are carried out publicly by professional degraders (lawyers and judges) These ceremonies are important because in every society the idea of shame exists. Certain acts are not allowed and if somebody trespasses, the society has to punish. These ceremonies are also a way to unite a society by setting common standards of what is
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Unformatted text preview: not acceptable. The way Garfinkel's work relates to emotions is that emotions are uninhibited but an individual shapes them according to the social space around them as deemed "appropriate". The failure to do so causes them to be deviant. Which results in the degradation of the person in the social sphere. Social rules apply to thought and behavior but not to feelings and emotions. EMotions have to be kept in control and shaped according to social situations like the behavior of being happy at a party and sad at a funeral does not necessarily relate to true emotions everyone present there is feeling but it is a social situation where certain behavior is deemed appropriate....
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