George Herbert Mead and Erving Goffman

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George Herbert Mead and Erving Goffman are two theorists in the study of sociology that have impacted the way we see sociology today. Their works, when closely examined, actually share some extreme similarities. Both of these men seemed very interested in the perception of self in the eyes of others as well as yourself. “Mind, Self, and Society” is an article written by Mead which was placed in the book entitled “Social Theory: The Classic Tradition to Post-Modernism” which was edited by Farganis with the copyright of McGraw-Hill in 2004. This primarily deals with the development of one’s self, or their identity. “Presentation of Self in Everyday Life” is an article written by Goffman which was arranged to be in the book “Inner Lives and …show more content…
Deviance is anything not easily recognizable to an audience. It is essentially anything juxtaposed w/ social norms. In our society, boys wear boy clothes and girls wear girl clothes. To deviate from that means to go against the social norm and wear clothes that are not specifically made for your gender. This is an example of a deviant gender. The movie “Bully” was made to enlighten the public on the true horrors that can result from this shockingly common act. The movie follows several children through their bully related troubles and how they react. One person who was documented was a sixteen-year-old lesbian who faced verbal abuse from the entire town for her sexual deviance.

In “Presentations of Self in Everyday Life,” Goffman is constantly explaining how everyday life is a dramaturgy. A dramaturgy is the art of dramatic composition and essentially the production of a theatrical play. A social situation is much like a play. Every play has a stage, actors, a script, a set, rehearsals, and practices. In a social situation, the stage is where the encounter takes place, the actors are the people involved in the encounter, the script is the social norms of the social encounter, and the set is the environment where the encounter takes place. It takes practices and…