Symbolic Interactionism

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Symbolic interactionism (SI) is a sociological perspective that developed in the US in the mid-20th century. Among other characteristics, theories that bear the hallmark of the SI perspective typically devote attention to micro-level social dynamics & the micropolitics of everyday interaction. Whereas other types of social theory might attempt to explain how entire institutions are constituted, those who adopt a SI approach focus on how interactions between individuals either succeed or fail.

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Breaking eye contact makes you a better conversationalist

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(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). Prison, Number, Life

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"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).

"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… Sociology, Acceptance, Feminism, Acting, Identity, Gender, How To Remove, Management, Personal Identity

from Erving Goffman, Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

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"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.

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