Memo 6 - Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories...

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Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories Memo #6 October 18, 2007 A region, according to Goffman, is defined as “any place that is bounded to some degree by barriers to perception.” (Goffman p.106). Thus a classroom is bounded visually and aurally by the walls that surround it and the door that keeps others out. When Goffman says that some aspects of performances are played to a front region instead of an audience, he means that we’re playing more to the location of the performance than to the people watching it. For example, a president when in the oval office will act more presidential than when he is alone in his bedroom watching television. In the oval office, even when alone and not performing for any audience, he is expected to uphold the standards of the presidency and not for example engage in extramarital affairs with an intern. Goffman also delves into the differences between politeness and decorum. Politeness is the standard of performance while engaged in dialogue with an audience while Decorum is the behavior and appearance of a performer while in view or earshot of
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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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