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A notable contribution to our understanding of ourselves. This book explores the realm of human behavior in social situations and the way that we appear to others. Dr. Goffman uses the metaphor of theatrical performance as a framework. Each person in everyday social intercourse presents himself and his activity to others, attempts to guide and control the impressions they ...more
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Published May 20th 1959 by Anchor Books
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-theory
I’m probably going to say something a little daft about this book – but I do think two things: Goffman really didn’t need to be quite so squeamish about his central metaphor of ‘all the world’s a stage’ and he should have started with something he said in his conclusion and worked out from there. That is, that there are five ways you can come to understand an enterprise: technically (what’s it trying to achieve and how does it go about achieving it?), politically (who has power and how do they g ...more
Darya Zamanian
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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اروین گافمن، جامعه شناس، انسان شناس و از دانشمندان مکتب شیکاگو، نظریه ای تحت عنوان "کنش متقابل نمادین" را پایه گذاری کرد. نظریه ای برگرفته از مفهوم نمایش در صحنه ی تئاتر، با حضور بازیگران و حضار و عوامل پشت صحنه، که با زندگی اجتماعی انسانها تطابق معناداری پیدا میکند. مهمترین اثر وی "نمودِ خود در زندگی روزمره" بررسی موشکافانه ای بر زوایای پنهان و آشکار تعاملات اجتماعی است. تعاملاتی که گاهی در نقش اجرا کننده و گاه در نقش ناظر شکل می یابند. از ا
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
explains in 250 pages why parties are terrible

five stars now, five stars forever
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
ليس العالم سوى مسرح وجميعنا ممثلون، تَرى ذلك باختلاف أداء كل شخص حسب الشخصية التي أمامه، حسب الموقف، وحسب المكان والمجموعة التي معه.

ترى ذلك الرجل يلعب دور الخاضع أمام مديره، ودور الحاكم أمام أولاده ودور العابث مع أصدقاءه.

تلك الفتاة تلعب دور الرقيقة مع خطيبها، ودور المحنكة بين رفيقاتها ودور النجمة السينمائية في الحفلات.
من نحن حقاً يا ترى؟

يُعني هذا الكتاب بالمظاهر التي نتخذها والأداء الذي نقدمه في مختلف المواقف والظروف في حياتنا اليومية. اللغة سهلة –ليست أكاديمية معقدة- والأفكار جيدة. المشكلة بالن
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students of human behavior.
I'm not a student of sociology or psychology, but I can't seem to stay away from the work of Erving Goffman. This is the third book by Goffman that I've read (others: Stigma, Asylums). In this book, Goffman elucidates a "dramaturgical" theory of self, which he claims is an additional method of explaining human action.
First caveat, I've not read any books by Talcott Parsons, or Manheim, and there were several sections in this book that were heavy enough in theory to make me give up. Despite thes
May 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for those interested in social interactions. After reading it, it will force you to consciously consider why people behave the way they do, or why you yourself do. Be forewarned, it will disappoint your view of mankind as well. You come to recognize that humans are often limited by how they believe others perceive of them. It's definitely a book that will leave you seeking a higher reason for living, which in the end is a pretty good thing. :)
Roy Lotz
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misanthropology
My favorite part of this book is the cover. The presentation of the book in everyday life.

My second favorite part of this book is the author’s name, which is fun to say repeatedly in foreign accents.

My third favorite part of this book was the body of the work itself, which is, indeed, brilliant, and contains innumerable insightful gems for the social scientist or layman. The book is propelled along by an array of interesting examples taken from sociology, ethnography, literature, and philosophy.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Güzel kitap. Günlük yaşama dair dramaturjik bakış; Bir tiyaro mu oynuyoruz her gün? Sahne ile kulis arasında mı koşuşturuyoruz? Bir sahnenin oyuncusu, bir diğerinin seyircisi miyiz?

Genel kabul görmüş ve yaygın bir görüş kesinlikle: "Dünya bir sahne." Çoğumuz dünyaya herşeyi bilerek geldiğimizden dolayı (daha doğrusu her şeyi bilerek yetiştiğimizden) burada da bıyık altından gülmemiz doğal. Maskeli balo ve onun sahte yüzleri. Bunu görmüştük, bildiğimiz şeyler...

Kitabı okudukça bunu diyemiyoruz n
Данило Судин
Соціальна взаємодія опирається на уявлення учасників один про одного. Проте як ці уявлення конструюються? І чому ми віримо одним презентаціям себе та не віримо іншим? Якраз про це і йдеться в книзі Ірвінґа Ґофмана "Представлення себе в повсякденному житті". Ласкаво запрошую перегляду! ...more
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"العالم، في حقيقة الأمر، حفل زفاف"
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Anthony Buckley
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropology
I always felt that the reason so few sociologists took up Goffman's ideas was that they (the sociologists)were not good enough. I certainly felt this myself for about twenty years, and even when I did begin to use his ideas, it was in fear and trembling. Goffman was a phenomenon. The Presentation of Self is particular book was a real tour de force, probably his best book, though the later ones are wonderful too. Its central theme is familiar enough from Shakespeare - "All the world's a stage" - ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
همینطور که خود نویسنده میگه ادعای نمایشی بودن دنیا چیز جدیدی نیست،فصلهای اول تا پنجم سعی در بیان و شناختن پارامترها به مخاطب در مورد تحلیل جامعه از بعد نمایشی داره.
فصل ششم که به مدیریت تاثیرگذاری می‌پردازه خیلی محدود و خلاصه است. و فصل هفتم که نتیجه‌گیری مبحثه شما رو قانع میکنه که با نخوندن کتاب احتمالا چیز زیادی رو از دست نمیدادید.
Krista Danis
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Contrary to many of the reviews listed, I think Goffman's examination of social interaction as presentation is increasingly relevant in the consumer/citizen, capitalist culture we have created for ourselves in the Western, developed world. The performances we offer now are less representative and more detatched from a possible truth than the more romanticized presentations considered by Goffman.

Influenced, in part, by the work of Simone De Beauvoir, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life draw
Elaheh Farmad
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شاید کسانی که تو فضای علوم اجتماعی بالاخص جامعه‌شناسی باشن، قبل از خوندن این کتاب، با ایده‌ی کلیش آشنا باشن فلذا چندان دچار شگفتی یا هیجان نشن ولی به هر حال به نظرم یک لنز نظری بسیار جالب (زندگی روزمره به مثابه صحنه‌های یک نمایش) برای نگاه کردن به زندگی روزمره در اختیار می‌ذاره و بینش‌های ارزشمندی ارائه می‌ده که حتی برای غیرجامعه‌شناسان هم می‌تونه جالب توجه باشه و ناگهان نگاه آدم به موقعیت‌های مختلف زندگیش روزمره‌ش رو کاملا تکون بده.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queering the fake/authentic binary
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η συγκεκριμένη μελέτη του Goffman είναι αναμφίβολα πολύ σημαντική και η εφαρμογή της δραματουργικής ορολογίας και συνθήκης για τη μελέτη των κοινωνικών περιστάσεων και σχέσεων, πέραν της όποιας πρωτοτυπίας της, αποτελεί μια ενδιαφέρουσα και αξιανάγνωστη προσέγγιση.
Ωστόσο σε κάποια σημεία η ανάλυση ήταν υπέρ το δέον σχοινοτενής/διεξοδική, για τα δικά μου γούστα τουλάχιστον.

Για τον Θεό, αγαπητές εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, έλεος με το λευκό χαρτί, ειδικά σε συνδυασμό με το μικρό μέγεθος γραμματοσειράς.
Harry Beckwith
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing to add except to give him another five,
to boost his rating; he deserves it.
A classic.
Billie Pritchett
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sociology, self
Perhaps the reason TV and film depicting human drama is so appealing is because these depictions are in idealized form imitations of certain impression that people wish to convey in everyday life. Erving Goffman's Presentation of Self in Everyday Life explores the idea that even though dramatic TV and film might be cases of art imitating life, it might be helpful thinking of ourselves as actors on a social stage with respect to our jobs and public lives. To varying degrees, we are trying to mana ...more
Friedrich Mencken
Structuralist extremism that rejects the very existence of self.
Identifies the equivalent of self as the total mass of masks worn in the different roles played throughout life i.e. the sum of social encounters one has had thus far. This also means the self is in a state of perpetual change depending on the “casting” of life or in other words the social situations creates the very essence of man and thus conceptualizes his being “through the eyes of the other”. It is impossible according to Goffm
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I like the idea of the metaphor of presenting self as acting a part upon a stage and Goffman's extension of this metaphor but it eventually breaks down and applies only well only to institutions. It's ideas are also very dated so I would recommend reading scholars who have built upon Goffman's work rather than Goffman. As an alternative to struggling through this thing, the wikipedia page on dramaturgy is pretty good and links to which is an excellent sum ...more
Fred R
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I have met people who didn't seem to have a "backstage."
Shagun Tripathi
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology
Goffman’s profound influence on micro-sociology originates from this book in which he advances ideas from his doctoral dissertation. He is credited for the birth of “dramaturgical analysis” which observes human interactions in context of their time, place and audience. The focal theme of this reading section is the “dramaturgical act”: a social act that is designed to be seen by others, aimed at improving one’s image, gaining success if the audience believes that the character they see actually ...more
Kevin Flynn
I think this is a great book to explain the way that people carry themselves in the world. This book is the great grand daddy to Daniel Pink, Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell and many other social-esque authors. This book explains wonderfully how perception is a mask we wear, a color we paint in, a lock box we hide our true selves in. People see only what we allow them to see. I wrote my Senior Seminar dissertation on this book. It was a great read....might be re reading it soon with the way F ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a highly insightful book on the performative nature of social interactions. It also reveals the severe restrictions on acceptable middle class behavior in the 1950s. Accessible and engaging and you don't have to be a sociology nerd to enjoy it.
Joe Juarez
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this book served as a huge reminder that people act in different ways depending on the audience. The audience could be friends, family members, classmates, teachers, or coworkers. Each audience changes, meaning that the performer has to change too.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was assigned this in a drama class and although I dropped out of the class, hung onto the book as a "to-be-read". Finished it late in life and kicked myself for it. Offers invaluable insight on behaviour and perception.
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Great book on how people create images of who they are, and how interpersonal communication is inherently dramatic in form.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
my handbook when I finished my thesis.
this book is kind of manual of life.
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent look at social interactions, bringing us the notion of dramaturgical analysis. All the world is a stage, as Shakespeare wrote.
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Mar 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat dated but interesting breakdown of social behavior using a theatrical model.
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One of the major readings of my masters program. Excellent and thought-provoking book for anyone with an interest in psychology or sociology theory.
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Erving Goffman wrote a lot about the sociology of self, and he was a master of the topic. This book approaches the question of how we present our selves in social interaction. Is the self you present the self you are? How many selves are you, anyway? Not many of us have just one way of presenting ourselves. Kind of a mental slog to get through this one, but well worth it.
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Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.

Considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century" (Fine, Manning, and Smith 2000:ix), as a subjective analyst, Goffman's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical analysis that began with his 1959 book The Presen

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“And to the degree that the individual maintains a show before others that he himself does not believe, he can come to experience a special kind of alienation from self and a special kind of wariness of others.” 73 likes
“The self, then, as a performed character, is not an organic thing that has a specific location, whose fundamental fate is to be born, to mature, and to die; it is a dramatic effect arising diffusely from a scene that is presented, and the characteristic issue, the crucial concern, is whether it will be credited or discredited.” 8 likes
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