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___Introduction to Sociology
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The Social Self

 

"The world is a stage" (Shakespeare, As You Like It)

No-one could accuse Erving Goffman of being a drama queen. Yet the dramaturgical sociologist captures something quite significant about everyday life. We manage the impression we give to a high degree, and often quite consciously. Every individual is their own spin doctor, a little Peter Mandelson presenting themselves in the best light. This might not be news to most people, only to academic sociologists. Which explains why they are so badly dressed.



Work By Goffman  
The Presentation Of Self In Everyday Life The Arts Of Impression Management
   
Other Work On The Self  
Charles Cooley Selections From Freud (External Link)
G H Mead  


These pages were originally written by: Angus Bancroft and Sioned Rogers
Redesigned and updated by: Pierre Stapley - 2010