Analysis Of The Book ' The Presentation Of Self ' Essay

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DRAMATURGICAL ANALYSIS

The dramaturgical interpretation will provide an analysis of the text of Kivisto and Pittman which considers four case studies which have borrowed from Goffman’s dramaturgical sociology and an outline of his theory of social interaction in everyday Life. Erving Goffman (1922- 1982) was without a question a major American theorists in the second half of the 20th century and the most incisive sociological spectator in the dynamics of everyday life. In the year (1959), Goffman wrote a book “The presentation of self in Everyday life” which provides a detailed description on how an individual presents himself/herself or his/her activity in an ordinary work situation to others. His concepts of everyday life was viewed from the perception that human interaction is in some ways like a grand play therefore, he described the micro-level in which we interact daily as the “front stage” which we grow to be conscious of since our social identities are formed by who we are and the role set in which we play. Goffman used the illustration of a theatre to analyse human’s social life and called it “dramaturgy”; since he believes we are like actors constantly performing a role on the stage using various application tools such as; role, stage, settings, scripts and costumes to convince the other people especially the audience into believing and adapting a particular understanding of a different social scenery. The subject matter of dramaturgical sociology to him…

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