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The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life: Regions and Region Behavior

A presentation on the topic of "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life". #anthropology #presentationofself #selfie #ervinggoffman

Jeannie Lai

on 15 May 2014

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Transcript of The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life: Regions and Region Behavior

Regions and Region Behaviour Settings and Standards Evaluation The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life By Jeannie Lai Impression Management Back Stage The Outside Region Examples and Questions Erving Goffman 1922-1982 Erving Goffman was a Canadian-born Sociologist. Many of his works were influenced by George Herbert Mead and Herbert Blumer. Front Stage The front stage refers to the place "where the performance is given". (Goffman, 1971: 93). Impression management is the act of guiding or controlling the manner in which people think of you. It occurs most often when individuals interact with other individuals; in social situations. Examples: shaking hands, greetings, giving gifts Does anyone know why I handed out chocolates at the start of my presentation? Question The performances in the front stage can be judged by the audience. There are standards to be met in the front stage. Examples: The dining area of a restaurant, a classroom, stage where musicians perform in the Front Stage Settings refers to the props, backdrops and environment of the stage. Standards are divided into two categories: Matters of Politeness and Decorum. This is where actors can step out of character. The performances are not judged by an audience or of the same standards as the front stage. The back stage is kept hidden away from the audience. Examples: kitchens within restaurants, staff-only rooms, bedrooms, dressing rooms The Outside is a residual region. The reading offered a well constructed thesis. Goffman does not use diagrams or images to illustrate his theories and ideas. Each concept was explained and examples were given to aid understanding. Requirements of Decorum Moral Requirements Instrumental Requirements deals with non-interference and non-molestation of others. deals with duties. Social interactions not covered by the front or back stages make up the Oustide region. The Outside region can also occur when perfromances of either the front or back stages are being observed by someone who is not meant to see it. You behave appropriately and comply to school rules at school. You get ready to go to school. A friend of yours sleeps over at your place. Q - Can you identify the front, back and oustide regions? Regions and Regions of Behaviour Region: 'any place that is bounded to some degree by barriers to perception' (Goffman, 1971: 92). There are two main regions and a residual region.
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