SOC PSY 1Z03 Research Proposal 1 Understand Goffman's Dramaturgy and Impression Management FEIRAN XIANG RONGCHEN XU 400192781 400195663 SOC PSY 1Z03 Dr. Sarah Clancy July 6, 2020
SOC PSY 1Z03 Research Proposal 2 Introduction According to Goffman (1959), theatre can be used as a metaphor to show people's behavior in society and also represent themselves. By viewing Goffman's work on dramaturgy to inform an example featuring a hotel's procedures for guaranteeing reliable impression management (Dillard, 2009). In this example, we can find that the employee in hotel maintains their role as service personnel, however, their attitudes are different when they communicate with guests at the frontstage and when no guests in the backstage. Therefore, hotel using incentives to appease guests can expand the defensive measures of participating impression management. The proposal will be split into five sections. The introduction of the idea is the first section. The subsequent section demonstrates the definition of each concept within Goffman’s dramaturgical framework. The third and fourth section, which is the most important, helps illustrates what is Goffman's Dramaturgy and Impression Management by two examples. Finally, summarizing the whole research proposal is going to be the conclusion. Definition of each concept within Goffman’s dramaturgical framework In Goffman’s dramaturgical perspective, he believed that people are the actors, and everyday life is like a theatre. Individuals as actors need to play assigned roles from other people, and with the purpose of play, they influence each other (Group, S.) There are five categories in Goffman’s dramaturgical framework: face work, front stage, backstage, stage, and props.
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