Life As Theater: A Dramaturgical Sourcebook

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Dennis Brissett, Charles Edgley
Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 2005 - Psychology - 462 pages
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Life as Theater is about understanding people and how the dramaturgical way of thinking helps or hinders such understanding. A volume that has deservedly attained the status of a landmark work, this was the first book to explore systematically the material and subject matter of social psychology from the dramaturgical viewpoint. It has been widely used and quoted, and has sparked ferment and debate in fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, speech communication, and formal theater studies.

Life as Theater is organized around five substantive issues in social psychology: Social Relationships as Drama; The Dramaturgical Self; Motivation and Drama; Organizational Dramas; and Political Dramas. This classic text was revised and updated for a second edition in 1990, and includes approximately 66 percent new materials, all featuring individual introductions that provide the dramaturgical perspective and reflect the most learned thinking and work being done within this point of view. This book's sophistication will appeal to the scholar, and its clarity and conciseness to the student. Like its predecessor, it is designed to serve as a primary text or supplementary reader in classes.

This new paperback edition includes an introduction by Robert A. Stebbins that explains why, even fifteen years after its publication, Life as Theater remains the best single sourcebook on the dramaturgic perspective as applied in the social sciences.

Dennis Brissett (died 1996) was professor of behavioral science at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Duluth, and also taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Portland State University.

Charles Edgley is a professor in and head of the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University and has been a member of the faculty since 1972. He is coeditor of The Handbook of Thanatology and does editorial work regularly for the journal Symbolic Interaction, where he has published a portion of his research on the health and fitness movement.

Robert A. Stebbins is faculty professor and professor of sociology emeritus at the University of Calgary. He is the author of many books, including Between Work and Leisure, from Transaction Publishers.
 

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Contents

SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES SOCIETY AS DRAMA
51
CONCEPT AND METHOD IN THE STUDY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
63
LIFE AS THEATER SOME NOTES ON THE DRAMATURGIC APPROACH TO SOCIAL REALITY
73
ROLE TAKING PROCESS VERSUS CONFORMITY
85
ROLE DISTANCE
101
THE DRAMATURGICAL SELF
113
THE SELF AS A LOCUS OF LINGUISTIC CAUSALITY
117
THE PRESENTATION OF SELF
129
ORGANIZATIONAL DRAMAS
281
DEATH AS THEATER A DRAMATURGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE AMERICAN FUNERAL
285
FALSE PRETENSE AND DEVIANT EXPLOITATION FORTUNETELLING AS A CON
299
TO BE A MEDIATOR EXPRESSIVE TACTICS IN MEDIATION
317
DRAMATISM AND THE THEATRICAL METAPHOR
333
POLITICAL DRAMAS
347
PROPAGANDA WITH DESIGN ENVIRONMENTAL DRAMATURGY IN THE POLITICAL RALLY
353
THE PRESIDENCY AND IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT
365

APPEARANCE AND THE SELF A SLIGHTLY REVISED VERSION
141
STAGING ONES IDEAL SELF
163
THE PRESENTATION OF SELF AND THE NEW INSTITUTIONAL INMATE AN ANALYSIS OF PRISONERS RESPONSES TO ASSESSMENT ...
183
MOTIVATION AND DRAMA
201
SITUATED ACTIONS AND VOCABULARIES OF MOTIVE
207
ACCOUNTS
219
REMEDIAL WORK
243
THE REASONS CONSIDERED
251
CONVICTED RAPISTS VOCABULARY OF MOTIVE EXCUSES AND JUSTIFICATIONS
261
THE PHENOMENON OF THE PUBLIC WIFE AN EXERCISE IN GOFFMANS IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT
379
DRAMATURGY AND POLITICAL MYSTIFICATION POLITICAL LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES
399
THE FIVE KEY TERMS OF DRAMATISM
411
THE NEVER ENDING SHOW
419
APPEARANCES AND REALITIES
425
BIBLIOGRAPHYA COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF DRAMATURGICALLY RELATED MATERIALS
433
Index
453
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