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date: 26 February 2020

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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

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