The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
A notable contribution to our understanding of ourselves, explores the realm of human behavior in social situations and the way that we appear to others. Dr. Goffman uses the metaphor of theatrical performance as framework Each person in everyday social intercourse presents himself and his activity to others , attempts to guide and control the impressions they form of him and employs certain techniques in order to sustain his performance, just as an actor presents a character to an audience. The discussions of these social techniques offered here are based upon detailed research and observation of social customs in many regions.
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For some women this warm and frivolous intimacy is dearer than the serious
pomp of relations with men.8 Very commonly the back region of a performance is
located at one end of the place where the performance is presented, being cut off
Etiquette books provide helpful directions for facilitating such changes,
suggesting that if the hostess must withdraw to a back region for an extended
period of time, as when making up the beds, then it will protect appearances if the
host takes ...
The notion of an outside region that is neither front nor back with respect to a
particular performance conforms to our common-sense notion of social
establishments, for when we look at most buildings we find within them rooms
that are ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bokai - LibraryThing
The thesis of this little book came close to "No shit, Sherlock" territory for me. We perform our roles in life to convince the people around us that we are who we say we are. What makes the book ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jorgearanda - LibraryThing
A generally engaging and broad exploration of the ways in which we attempt to define the situations we live in by how we present ourselves and by how we treat others' presentations of themselves to us. Read full review