(3 of 3) "Yes, the self which is observed and the self which observes itself." Source: These screenshots from Shi ni Itaru Yamai, Soshite (‘Splitting of the Breast’), directed by Hideaki Anno, 1996
(1 of 3) "The self has always been composed of two selves." Source: These screenshots from Shi ni Itaru Yamai, Soshite (‘Splitting of the Breast’), directed by Hideaki Anno, 1996
"A total instituion may be defined as a place of residence and work where a large number of like-situated individuals, cut off from the wider society for an appreciable period of time, together lead an enclosed, formally administered round of life. Prisons serve as a clear example." (Goffman 1968).
from Erving Goffman, Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity
"The stigmatized individual is asked to act so as to imply neither that his burden is heavy nor that bearing it has made him different from us; at the same time he must keep himself at that remove from us which assures our painlessly being able to confirm this belief about him. Put differently, he is advised to reciprocate naturally with an acceptance of himself and us, an acceptance of him that we have not quite extended to him in the first place. A PHANTOM ACCEPTANCE is thus allowed to…
SAP BrandVoice: Why People Act So Oddly In Elevators
What’s up with how people act in elevators? When two people who don’t know each other find themselves alone in an elevator, they invariably stand as far away from each other as possible. They certainly don’t face one another, and it’s unlikely they make eye contact or speak. If the elevator [...]
"The first thing I do when I get home is make myself look as publicly unacceptable as possible." - For Goffman, this meme would have been the perfect illustration of front stage and back stage behavior.