Life As Theater / Edition 2

Life As Theater / Edition 2

by Dennis Brissett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202308332

ISBN-13: 9780202308333

Pub. Date: 10/01/2005

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Life as Theater is about understanding people and how the dramaturgical way of thinking helps or hinders such understanding. A volume that has deservedly attained the status of a landmark work, this was the first book to explore systematically the material and subject matter of social psychology from the dramaturgical viewpoint. It has been widely used and

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Life as Theater is about understanding people and how the dramaturgical way of thinking helps or hinders such understanding. A volume that has deservedly attained the status of a landmark work, this was the first book to explore systematically the material and subject matter of social psychology from the dramaturgical viewpoint. It has been widely used and quoted, and has sparked ferment and debate in fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, speech communication, and formal theater studies.

Life as Theater is organized around five substantive issues in social psychology: Social Relationships as Drama; The Dramaturgical Self; Motivation and Drama; Organizational Dramas; and Political Dramas. This classic text was revised and updated for a second edition in 1990, and includes approximately 66 percent new materials, all featuring individual introductions that provide the dramaturgical perspective and reflect the most learned thinking and work being done within this point of view. This book's sophistication will appeal to the scholar, and its clarity and conciseness to the student. Like its predecessor, it is designed to serve as a primary text or supplementary reader in classes. This new paperback edition includes an introduction by Robert A. Stebbins that explains why, even fifteen years after its publication, Life as Theater remains the best single sourcebook on the dramaturgic perspective as applied in the social sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202308333
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Critiques of dramaturgy23
The legacy of Goffman36
1Sociological perspectives - society as drama51
2Concept and method in the study of human development63
3Life as theater : some notes on the dramaturgic approach to social reality73
4Role taking : process versus conformity85
5Role distance101
6The self as a locus of linguistic causality117
7The presentation of self129
8Appearance and the self : a slightly revised version141
9Staging one's ideal self163
10The presentation of self and the new institutional inmate : an analysis of prisoners' responses to assessment for release183
11Situated actions and vocabularies of motive207
12Accounts219
13Remedial work243
14The reasons considered251
15Convicted rapists' vocabulary of motive : excuses and justifications261
16Death as theater : a dramaturgical analysis of the American funeral285
17False pretense and deviant exploitation : fortunetelling as a con299
18To be a mediator : expressive tactics in mediation317
19Dramatism and the theatrical metaphor333
20Propaganda with design : environmental dramaturgy in the political rally353
21The presidency and impression management365
22The phenomenon of the public wife : an exercise in Goffman's impression management379
23Dramaturgy and political mystification : political life in the United States399
App. IThe five key terms of dramatism411
App. IIThe never ending show419
App. IIIAppearances and reality425

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