Life As Theater / Edition 2

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Overview

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: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Brissett (died 1996) was professor of behavioral science at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Duluth, and also taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Portland State University.

Charles Edgley is a professor in and head of the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University and has been a member of the faculty since 1972. He is coeditor of The Handbook of Thanatology and does editorial work regularly for the journal Symbolic Interaction, where he has published a portion of his research on the health and fitness movement.

Robert A. Stebbins is faculty professor in the department of sociology at the University of Calgary. Among his many books are Between Work and Leisure: The Common Ground of Two Separate Worlds, The Idea of Leisure: First Principles, Serious Leisure: A Perspective for Our Time, and Work and Leisure in the Middle East.. In addition, his work has appeared in both Leisure Studies and Pacific Sociological Review.

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Table of Contents

Critiques of dramaturgy 23
The legacy of Goffman 36
1 Sociological perspectives - society as drama 51
2 Concept and method in the study of human development 63
3 Life as theater : some notes on the dramaturgic approach to social reality 73
4 Role taking : process versus conformity 85
5 Role distance 101
6 The self as a locus of linguistic causality 117
7 The presentation of self 129
8 Appearance and the self : a slightly revised version 141
9 Staging one's ideal self 163
10 The presentation of self and the new institutional inmate : an analysis of prisoners' responses to assessment for release 183
11 Situated actions and vocabularies of motive 207
12 Accounts 219
13 Remedial work 243
14 The reasons considered 251
15 Convicted rapists' vocabulary of motive : excuses and justifications 261
16 Death as theater : a dramaturgical analysis of the American funeral 285
17 False pretense and deviant exploitation : fortunetelling as a con 299
18 To be a mediator : expressive tactics in mediation 317
19 Dramatism and the theatrical metaphor 333
20 Propaganda with design : environmental dramaturgy in the political rally 353
21 The presidency and impression management 365
22 The phenomenon of the public wife : an exercise in Goffman's impression management 379
23 Dramaturgy and political mystification : political life in the United States 399
App. I The five key terms of dramatism 411
App. II The never ending show 419
App. III Appearances and reality 425
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