Chapter 12 - observe from the conduct and expressions of...

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Chapter 12: The Presentation of Self By Erving Goffman General Statement- Goffman has articulated in a brilliant manner that social life can be illuminated and better understood by employing a dramaturgical metaphor or “life as theater” perspective. Key Points: 1. Most behavior takes place in environments in which actors seek to perform in ways that demonstrate positive aspects of their behavior. 2. Most interaction develops a working consensus among actors that includes definitions of the selves involved and the line of conduct they are to follow. 3. The concept of the “real self” is an elusive one and is limited to what we can
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Unformatted text preview: observe from the conduct and expressions of others . 4. We can seek to define the self in terms of the performances we witness and are a part of, which can be intentional or unintentional, or contrived or sincere. 5. The examination of embarrassing incidents can reveal much about the nature of interaction as a dramaturgical enterprise. 6. Problematic or failed performances provoke reflection and provide insights about the nature of routine successful interactions. Dramaturgical- social life as if actors are in a play Front Stage=Formal Interaction Backstage=Friends, Family Offstage=By Yourself...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GSOCI 240 taught by Professor Wilson during the Fall '08 term at James Madison University.

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