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Chapter 5

Chapter 5 - Ungar

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Sheldon Ungar

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Self –Mockery: An Alter native From Self-Presentation
-Goffman contends that individuals seek to convey idealized and, in most instances, self-
enhancing impressions to others.
-Individuals prefer to present themselves in ways which impress others
-Research has revealed that self-enhancement motives are sufficiently strong to occasion
self-enhancing presentations even when there is some r isk that these present ations could
be publicly refuted
-Self-presentational theorist and researchers have generally equated self- enhancement with
Structur al Ambivalence and the presence of Leeway
-Inter-and-intra-role conf lict as natura l and inevitable
-Ambivalence serves to attenuate commitment and give rise to role distancing behaviours
-The conf licts arising from contrary normative expectations are usually resolved through
the negotiation of a working consensus
-Actors only adhere to the working consensus with l imited commitment
Types of Self-Mockery
-Status altering actions and a ligning actions
-Status Altering Actions – per for mers mock or caricature themselves so tha t they can
claim something else as a perfor mer and/or re-negotiate the statuses of the participants
-Aligning Actions – for ms of conduct which, in the face of potentially disruptive events,
simultaneously sustain the f low of actions between individuals and sustain a link between
conduct and culture
include motive talk, accounts, disclaimers and remedial interchanges
The Limitations of Sel-Mockery
-in the case of aligning actions, self-mockery is clearly inappropr iate for serious offenses
(E.g., an accident that causes injuries)
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