Sociology 2234E Lecture Notes - Fixed Sign

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Published on 20 Apr 2013
School
Western University
Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2234E
Professor
The presentation of self in everyday life Part 2
Teams Continued
The team that is in control of the setting is the performing team and the other
team is the audience
There is a hierarchy in some teams
The performing team has the advantage of power
Privilege of being the director
Directors get things done they are the ones who are in charge.
Director is in a marginal position somewhere between the team and the
audience.
Has to be able to see the performance from the perspective of the audience
and then direct the team accordingly
Power in directing performances
Regions
A region is any place bounded by barriers to perception
We mark territory sometimes in subtle was sometimes not
We want to put up barriers to other peoples perception to cover up things
like smells or sounds
Front region similar to front stage
The place where the performance is given as soon as you are “on” could be
when you get out of the car could be anywhere
Setting: fixed sign equipment of the front region
When in the front region the performer maintains the theatrical definition of
the situation through politeness and decorum
Back region
- Flip side of front region
- A place relative to the given performance where the impression fostered by
the performance is knowingly contradicted
- Back regions are places you want to hide
- Example bathroom. If someone walked in on you in the bathroom it would
become a front region
- Regions are socially constructed
- Ideally no member of the audience would intrude on a back region
- If you cannot control your back region the performance cannot go on
- Control of back region is important for the control of the front region
allowing for smooth running of the performance
- When the back region is revealed it also reveals that the front region is in fact
a front
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The presentation of self in everyday life part 2. The team that is in control of the setting is the performing team and the other team is the audience. There is a hierarchy in some teams. The performing team has the advantage of power. Directors get things done they are the ones who are in charge. Director is in a marginal position somewhere between the team and the audience. Has to be able to see the performance from the perspective of the audience and then direct the team accordingly. A region is any place bounded by barriers to perception. We mark territory sometimes in subtle was sometimes not. We want to put up barriers to other peoples perception to cover up things like smells or sounds. The place where the performance is given as soon as you are on could be when you get out of the car could be anywhere. Setting: fixed sign equipment of the front region.

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