Dramaturgy is a sociological perspective that focuses on the management of everyday life. Erving Goffman is credited as being one of the chief proponents. Erving Goffman (–) developed a dramaturgical theory of the self and society inspired by Mead’s basic conception of social interaction. In the selection . For Erving Goffman (–), arguably the most original For Goffman, the subject matter of dramaturgical sociology is the creation, main-.

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Goffman felt that life is not based off a script and is highly performative in nature.

It edving how each performance is enacted and what symbols are used to achieve a desired effect. This, essentially, is an act that is being put on for the benefit of their kids who are their audience. Dramaturgy analyses social interactions as a series of theatrical performances.

A status is like a part in a play, and a role serves as a script, supplying dialogue and action for the characters. A useful, and everyday way of understanding dramaturgy specifically front stage and back stage is to think of a waiter or waitress at a restaurant.

The dramaturgical perspective can be seen as an anchor to this perspective, where the individual’s identity is performed through role sand consensus between the actor and the audience. New York, New York.

In this comparison, the role of the kids as the audience is also important as they are pretending to accept their parents act shows that the play was a success even if the children know their parents fight. For one, dramaturgy has been used to depict how social movements communicate frving.

The roles that they play are the images individuals want to project and the script is the content being communicated.



A dramaturgical action is a social action that is designed to be seen by others and to improve one’s public self-image. These two concepts are drving for the actor to have a successful performance.

It believes that everyday social situations are manipulated by people to convey a specific desired impression. Dramaturgy emphasizes expressiveness as the main component of interactions. Dramaturgy has also been applied to the emerging interdisciplinary domain of scholarly research known as technoself studies; which deals with human identity in a technological society.

Dramaturgy (sociology) – Wikipedia

Kenneth Burkewhom Goffman would later acknowledge as an influence, [1] had earlier presented his notions of dramatism inwhich in turn derives from Shakespeare.

Front, then, is the expressive equipment of a standard kind intentionally or unwittingly employed by the individual during his performance” The enactment of exclusion from a society seem to be essential for the formation of an imaginary central governing cf. Because of this dependence on consensus to define social situationsthe perspective argues that there is no concrete meaning to any interaction that could not be redefined. The actor knows he or she is being watched and acts accordingly.

Simply put, the back stage is completely separate from the front stage. Setting is the scene that must be present in order for the actor to perform; if it is gone, the actor cannot perform. Borders or boundaries are important as they prevent or restrict movement of individuals between various regions. Last accessed on 25 February This is, however, debatable within Sociology. For that, several specialized roles are created. There are three basic roles in Goffman’s scheme, each centered on who has access to what information.

Dramaturgy (sociology)

Their main avenue of concern for him or her is “customer service”. Dramaturgical perspective is one of several sociological paradigms separated from other sociological theories because it does not examine the cause of gofcman behavior but it analyzes the context.


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Each actor therefore srving a series of decisions or choices which helps in establishing and portraying who he is and his character to the general audience. It is claimed to be drafting on positivismwhich does not offer an interest in both reason and rationality; John Welsh called it a “commodity”.

Retrieved August 29, Dramaturgy is a version of symbolic interaction. It is likely that he or she does things in the kitchen that might seem unseemly in front of customers.

Ervin actor’s manner tells the audience what to expect from his performance.

Views Read Edit View history. If we imagine ourselves as directors observing what goes on in the theatre of everyday life, we are doing dramaturgj Goffman called dramaturgical analysis, the study of social interaction in terms of theatrical performance. It is termed as the “fully two-sided view of human interaction”.

Social Exchange, Dramaturgy and Ethnomethodology: There are three stages: Sociology 7th Canadian ed. Behaviour, therefore, is mostly structured based on how one expects to be perceived by an audience. Even human beings can be used as props to put on a performance.