The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Doubleday, 1959 - 255 páginas
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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I have said that when an individual appears before others his actions will
influence the definition of the situation which they come to have. Sometimes the
individual will act in a thoroughly calculating manner, expressing himself in a
given way ...
It will have been necessary for the individual in his performing capacity to
conceal from himself in his audience capacity the discreditable facts that he has
had to learn about the performance; in everyday terms, there will be things he
matory or tension-release function it might have for the expresser.1 Underlying all
social interaction there seems to be a fundamental dialectic. When one individual
enters the presence of others, he will want to discover the facts of the situation.
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LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - 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 ... Ler resenha completa
LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - 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. Ler resenha completa