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Author Shulman, David, 1964- author

Title The presentation of self in contemporary social life / David Shulman, Lafayette College
Published Los Angeles : SAGE, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 289 pages.)
Contents Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Self-Presentation and the Dramaturgical Perspective -- Introduction: "Being Yourself" Is a Performance Too -- So Why Study Dramaturgy? -- Getting Down to Business -- Scholarly Provenance of Dramaturgical Ideas -- Analyzing Dramaturgy -- Erving Goffman and Dramaturgy -- Goffman's Six Principles of Impression Management -- Self -- Symbolic Interactionism -- ch. 2 Persona Watching: Catching Impression Management in Action -- Introduction: Reverse Engineering Dramaturgy -- Regions, Actors, Performance: Some Service Examples -- Thinking of Performances as Cumulative: Social Order, Norms, and Rules -- Ratcheting Up Sociological Analysis With Dramaturgy -- ch. 3 Sociological Influences on People's Performances -- Introduction: Learning How to Act in Everyday Life -- Social Structural Forces That Impact Dramaturgical Actions -- Think of Social Forces as Interweaving Clusters -- Realizing the Analytic Potential in the Dramaturgical Perspective -- Nine Contributions Dramaturgical Thinking Can Make to Enhance Sociological Thinking -- ch. 4 Workplaces as Stages -- Introduction: Dramaturgy in Organizations and Workplaces -- Performance Teams: Dramaturgical Circumspection, Discipline, and Loyalty -- Organizations and Order -- Dramaturgy of Meetings -- Contemporary Takes on Dramaturgy in Organizations -- Interaction Order and the Negotiated Order -- Asylums and Secondary Adjustments -- Dramaturgical Infrastructure -- Total Institutions -- Emotional Labor -- ch. 5 Modern Life as Show Business -- Introduction: The Thicket of Unreality -- Examples of Unreal Images: Illusions, Photos, and Words -- Can You Detect Unreality? -- Causes of Unreality: Extravagant Expectations and Pseudo-Events -- Image Life as Performance -- Economics of Unreal Performances and Consumerism -- Las Vegas Casinos as "Cathedrals of Consumption" -- Magic of Enchanted Products -- Dramaturgy: The New Means of Consumption -- Marketing and the Dramaturgical Legibility of Themes -- Dramaturgical Inequalities: Gender, Goffman, and Advertising -- Conclusion -- ch. 6 Dramaturgical Involvements in Popular Culture -- Introduction: Dramaturgical Involvement in Popular Culture -- LARPs: Live Action Role-Playing -- Engrossment in Popular Culture Experiences -- Dramaturgical Residency -- Face-to-Face Interaction -- Surpassing Performance Limits in Fantasy or Killing St in Made-Up Worlds -- Role Distance and the Actualization Gap -- Frames: A Social Phoropter -- Extended Case of Frames and Dramaturgy: The World of Professional Wrestling -- Stigma, Horror Genre, and Frame Traps -- Conclusion: Conflating Reality and Fantasy -- ch. 7 Internet: Society's Newest Stage -- Introduction: The Internet, Disembodiment, and Networked Audiences -- Online Impression Management: Disembodiment and Networked Audiences -- Collapsing of Front and Backstage Contexts -- Performance Online Versus Off-Line -- Altering Performance Content -- Deceiving Others Online and Strategic Interaction -- Deception in Online Dating and Romance -- Virtual Role Engulfment -- Exploring Online Deviance -- User-Generated Content: Everyone's a Star, Everyone's a Critic, and I'm Into Documenting My Life Onstage -- Internet Ranting and Impression Management -- Stigma and Cyberbullying -- Moral Entrepreneurs -- Filter Bubbles
Summary "The Presentation of Self in Contemporary Social Life covers the popular theories of Erving Goffman, and shows modern applications of dramaturgical analysis in a wide range of social contexts. David Shulman's innovative new text demonstrates how Goffman's ideas, first introduced in 1959, continue to inspire research into how we manage the impressions that others form about us. He synthesizes the work of contemporary scholars who use dramaturgical approaches from several disciplines, who recognize that many values, social norms, and laws have changed since Goffman's time, and that contemporary society offers significant new forms of impression management that we can engage in and experience. After a general introduction to dramaturgical sociology, readers will see many examples of how Goffman's ideas can provide powerful insights into familiar aspects of contemporary life, including business and the workplace, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and the digital world."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-280) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Self-presentation.
Social interaction.
Symbolic interactionism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1506340903 (electronic bk.)
9781506340906 (electronic bk.)