Social Behavior

  • Dramaturgical Approach
  • Erving Goffman studied nature of people’s interactions. He noticed people planned their conduct, want to guide and control how they’re seen, and act differently alone than in public.
    • Says people do all these things through process of dramaturgy
  • 2 parts of dramaturgy:
    • Front stage – when people are in a social setting. Ex. someone watches baseball with friends even if he doesn’t like baseball. Manipulating how he’s seen to make friends.
    • Back stage – more private area of our lives, when act is over. You can be yourself.
  • Some people are crossing over from back stage to front stage due to social media – putting on a front in their backstage to make a good impression.
  • Impression management
  • Impression management – our attempt to control how others see us on the front stage. There are multiple front stages, and you have to play a different role every time.
  • Backstage – where you work on impression management. Ex. put on makeup, look in mirror and try different outfits.
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