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SOC 1200 Lecture 9: Lecture 9

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SOC 1200
Susan Miller

oS98 Men typically command more space than women Personal space = surrounding area over which a person makes some claim to  privacy Eye contact encourages interaction o Women hold eye contact more than men o Men tend to stare more Women tend to smile more than men  Mutual touching suggests intimacy and caring Idealization  We construct performances to idealize our intentions We try to convince others/ourselves that our actions reflect cultural standards rather than selfish motives Embarrassment and Tact  Resulting discomfort after a spoiled performance “losing-face” Tact = helping someone “save-face”/recover from embarrassment Interaction in Everyday Life: Three Applications  Emotions, language and humour Emotions  Social construction of feeling What we do often matters less than how we feel about it People everywhere recognize/express 6 basic emotions o Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise People use same facial expressions for these emotions Some emotions are biologically wired into facial features Capacity for emotions arose in ancestors with capacity for culture Culture determines the trigger for emotions  Culture also provides rules for the display of emotions Culture guides how we value emotions   Cultures typically expect
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