Essay on Erving Goffman

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„Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.
The 73rd president of American Sociological Association, Goffman's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical perspective that began with his 1959 book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.
In 2007 Goffman was listed as the 6th most-cited intellectual in the humanities and social sciences by The Times Higher Education Guide, behind Anthony Giddens and ahead of Jürgen Habermas.”
Goffman’s builds his theories in the book based on a starting ideea which attests that in the everyday socialization, every person has a repertory of verbal and nonverbal acts constructed of an
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Another possible situation is when during a discution, a person becomes „ out of face”, meaning that he is expressionless and doesn’t adapt to the expectations other have from him. When this situation appears, it is considered to be the first step an individual takes in a discussion on the road to being dissapointed of himself and losing control.
When encountering a situation in which a person is provided a face by another coparticipant, the indiviual enters the state of a guardian. For example, if someone attests a possitive atribute about another person, the one who was given the face must sustain it by any means, prooving that he is worth the given title and does not dissapoint the built expectations of other possible coparticipants at the discution.
In a group of persons, everybody expects from one another to have self respect and to preserve his positive image but in the same time to have respect for the other persons of the group he is attending. It is a given expectation in every group that the level of respect given between the persons to be very high, based on the emotional identification the members find between them, a vital condition which consists a solid base in group of persons. The effect of the two rules combined, the self respect and respect for the others, is that a person can manage to act in certain way for him to

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