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Soc 128-impression management

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Soc 128-impression management SOC 128

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Goffman's theory on dramturgy
Sociology of Emotions
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Date Created: 02/20/16
Goffman and the arts of impression management   I. 3 points about interaction, structure ritual, and tension   A. interaction has a structural organization similar to traffic rules  B. through the use of rituals, morals and solidarity is reinforced among groups  1. examples  a) greetings  b) farewells  (1) By greeting people/saying hi back, which is our norm, we  demonstrate and confirm this shared ritual/that we fit into  society  C. we live in a permanent sense of tension­how much of our self we express  1. people are always analyzing who we are, and we are doing the same of  others­we are aware of this and therefore never express our true self  (completely who we are)  II. concepts  A. line   1. a pattern of verbal or nonverbal actions, which express our view of the  situation including our interpretation of participants. Ie­what we do or say  that expresses our assessment of the situation as well as of the person  involved   a) we read others in order to shape how we perform/react  B. face   1. basically, our physical public image  2. our identity is formed from the different faces we put on   a) we give explanations for our actions in order to save our face  b) we do the same to save the face of others  C. face work  1. set of actions that we take in order to maintain the face that we are trying to  project/the activitiesmpress that we engage in to maintain our image   a) do this by being consistent/playing the same face in each situation   III. theory  A. impression management (every social interaction is related to a theatre)  1. our verbal as well as our non­verbal actions help to shape our image/face  2. we shape our face/change or do things to our image, in order to achieve a  desirable outcome   3. ex­ wingman­helps manage your face/says positive things about you, to  shape the impression that you make (makes you look good) and thus land  you a date  B. dramaturgical  1. front stage  a) the physical image of yourself/appearance that people see  2. back stage  a) this is the region of yourself that no one can see and thus, you can  act as a totally different person/put on a different face  conclusion  every social interaction is basically a theatrical performance in which people put on  different faces in order to create an image/identity of themselves. This is done through face  work­literally doing things to shape how others see you such as having plastic surgery, dressing a  certain way etc. (impression management     impression management is changing the physical state (outside) changing your  identity­pretending   whereas emotion management is changing the emotional state, this goes hand in hand  with feeling rules   


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