Social Interaction Thursday, November 7, 2013
- The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, 1959
- “The perspective employed in this report is that of the theatrical performance; the
principles derived are dramaturgical ones. I shall consider the way in which the individual
in ordinary work situations presents himself and his activity to others, the ways in which
he guides and controls the impressions they form of him, and the kinds of things he may
and may not do while sustaining his performance before them.” – Goffman, 1959: xi
- Front Stage:
o Where the performance takes place, wherever an audience and performers are
- Back Stage:
o Where whatever is pertinent to the performance but not allowed on the front
stage might appear
o It is comfortable and relaxed because the audience is absent
- Think about the idea of “civilized” social interaction
o What types of behavior are considered socially acceptable in “public” and what
do we reserve for private moments?
o How is this affected by culture?
- The activity a social actor engages in to guard against the unexpected, such as
unintended gestures, improper use of language and breaches of social etiquette
- How do actors consciously manage the impression they give others?
- Keep a social distance – guarding the privacy of seal
- Maintain self-control, including control over facial expressions and tone of one’s voice
- We are very respectful towards how we and others ma