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134lecture18(feb21)b - Dramaturgical perspective Mismanaging Impressions Feb 21 2005 http/www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 2005 David Schweingruber

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1 © 2005 David Schweingruber Mismanaging Impressions Feb. 21, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2005 David Schweingruber Dramaturgical perspective Dramaturgy: study of social interaction as theater, in which people (“actors”) project images (“play roles”) in front of others (“audience”) (p. 144) Some elements of performance Front stage: area of social interaction where people perform and work to maintain appropriate impressions (p. 144) Back stage: area of social interaction away from the view of an audience, where people can rehearse and rehash their behavior (p. 144) Props and costumes Verbal expression Nonverbal expression Performance team: set of individuals who cooperate in staging a performance that leads an audience to form an impression of one or all team members (p. 150) Definitions: Newman’s Sociology (2002). Pine Forge Press. © 2005 David Schweingruber Mismanaging impressions Mismanaged impressions may result in spoiled individual identities, spoiled situations, and ruined team identities When people believe they are failing to give off the desired impression, they attempt to repair the bad impression Aligning action: action taken to restore an identity that has been damaged (p. 184) Account: statement designed to explain unanticipated, embarrassing, or unacceptable behavior after the behavior has occurred (p. 184) Disclaimer: assertion designed to forestall any complaints or negative reactions to a behavior or statement that is about to occur (p. 184)
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