Related to our reading of Goffman’s Presentation of Self and his metaphor for social interaction as a theatrical performance, I ask that you think, respond, and discuss a question that has been posed by many Goffman scholars: Is social life moral or manipulative?
That is, are we always working to manipulate social life seeking only to further our interests and define situations in ways that will benefit us? Or, are we managing our impressions and working with others to smooth over the social order, making social life more seamless and less awkward for all?
In your responses, I ask that you please cite the parts of Goffman’s Presentation of Self that lead you to support your thoughts on this question.
Please post by 2 Nov, 9 PM.