Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 February 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Goffman is a master of metaphor, and draws on the dramaturgical perspective. Goffman’s own perspective and antecedents provide some clues to his protean organizational analysis. Unfortunately, the rich promise of Goffman’s dramaturgy for organizational analysis has not yet been realized. The chapter outlines dramaturgy and its variations and criticisms of it, and describes Goffman’s publications and identifies the core of Goffman’s sociology. The continuous concern of this effort has been to embed social action in the situated moral requirements of collective compromise. The nuances, the gestures, the looks and postures continue to the signal repertoire that indicates a working willingness to compromise as a principle. Some general areas of needed research are outlined.

Keywords: dramaturgy, self, interaction order, situation, symbols, organization, social object, rules, power, trust

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.