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In the The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life Goffman seeks to show the reader how everyone sets out to present themselves to the world around them always trying to maintain the role they have selected for themselves since those whom they meet not only try to decide what role it is you are playing but also whether or not you are competent to play that role More significantly impression management is a function of social setting Erving Goffman portrays everyday interactions as strategic encounters in which one is attempting to sell a particular self-image--and accordingly a particular definition of the situation He refers to these activities as face-work Beginning by taking the perspective of one of the interactants and he interprets the impact of that persons performances on the others and on the situation itself He considers being in wrong face out of face and losing face through lack of tact as well as savoir-faire diplomacy or social skill the ways a person can at tempt to save face in order to maintain self-respect and various ways in which the person may harm the face of others through faux pas such as gaffes or insults 209 These conditions occur because of the existence of self presentational rules These rules in turn are determined by how situations are defined For instance there is greater latitude in social situations than in task-oriented situations Situations also dictate available roles and how much self-importance people can sustain Herewith one will try to analyze two situations that reinforce the desired interpretation of self that one wishes to convey The first performance takes place in the university environment on the first day of school The second scene takes place at the formal wedding reception among family and friends Both interactions describe the Goffmanian concepts and schemas that the author uses throughout his book The first situation is portrayed in the university setting Among a thousand first year students some
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