10.11.07 Thurs - Cynicism vs Sincerity*Do people believe in...

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Cynicism vs. Sincerity **Do people believe in their own performances? Two Extremes: 1. Sincere: “completely taken in by one’s own act” EG Priests, teachers 2. Cynical: “no belief in his own act, or concern with the beliefs of his audience” EG ambulance chaser, conman **Is it always a bad thing to be insincere? What distinguishes acceptable from unacceptable insincerity? Transitions: “natural movement back and forth between cynicism and sincerity” EG doctors in training: at first believe in the idea of being a doctor, and then get cynical about money aspect and power plays, then go back to belief in idea of helping people. Belief Disbelief OR Disbelief Belief **When is disillusionment positive and when is it negative? FRONT: “That part of the individual’s performance which regularly functions in a general and fixed fashion to define the situation for those who observe the performance… Front, then, is the expressive equipment of a standard kind intentionally or unwittingly
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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