Sociologist- Ervin Goffman

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A) For many years, sociologists have been studying the importance of human interaction and how it contributes to society. Sociologist like Erving Goffman and Harold Garfinkel, and Max Weber have made great contributions to helping us understand how society is created through social interaction, routines, organization and order. In my report, I will be demonstrating how society and social order are maintained through social interaction, and relationships in a retail store named “Urban planet”. Throughout my report I will be referring to sociologist to Erving Goffman. I will be observing how customers and employees demonstrating the importance of Erving Goffman’s ideology of Civil inattention and why individuals demonstrate this…show more content…
When multiple actors work as a team, it is called a performance team. Performance teams, work together, to create and preserve front stage performances (Gidden, 1991) The back stage is a comfortable setting for actors to vent feelings and styles of behavior they keep in check when on the front stage. (Gidden, 1991) Saving face which is another term created by Erving Goffman is used to describe when individuals feel embarrassed, and they try to maintain their orderliness by acknowledging that you have done wrong. The next concept that will be applying to my observation is cultural objects. The term cultural object is an object or symbol that has multiple meanings; in society we negotiated around these objects for power purposes. The next term that I will be focusing on in civil inattention which was created by Erving Goffman, is acknowledging a human being that is in close proximity, without creating conversation with them and not invading their personal space. Breeching civil inattention is the breaking of civil inattention. This is interacting that you may or may not know. Breeching civil inattention commonly happens when males approach female in public spaces which leads to the concept street remarks. The next concepts that I will be talking about is public and personal distance. Public distance is beyond twelve feet, preserved by those who performing to watch a audience. (Gidden, 211). Personal space is from one and half to four feet, is the zone
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