The Way We Are Socialized And Why Come From Sociologist Dr. Michael Schwalbe

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Two text that I believe explain the way we are socialized and why come from sociologist Dr. Michael Schwalbe who explains that we learn to socialize by following social patterns, and Erving Goffman who believed the process of socialization is more or less like the theatrical stage. In the book, The Sociologically Examined Life, chapter 7, by sociologist Dr. Michael Schwalbe, he explains that people follow certain patterns in order to navigate life. He states, “…part of being sociologically mindful is seeing that the social world works in patterned ways.” We learn to become members of society by identifying and following patterns of a given society. Through patterns we learn which behaviors and practices we must follow. These patterns,…show more content…
According to Goffman, social interactions are very similar to the interactions involved in theatre. For example, he compares people in everyday life to actors onstage, acting out their designated role, or cluster of duties, rights, and obligations associated with a particular social position or status. The audience consists of individuals observe the performers and critique their performance. In social interaction, like in theatre, there is the front region where actors perform for their audience, and then there is the backstage stage, where individuals are not seen by the audience and can truly be themselves. The actor’s front, is the part of the actor’s performance that defines the situation for the audience; the impression the actor is trying to leave on the audience. A social front is kind of like a script. Some scenarios have social scripts that advise the ways which the actor should act or interact in a given situation, with specific people. Through the performance the actor’s objective is to make the audience believe their act, thus reaching dramatic realization. The actor is able to convince the audience of this through appearance. Appearance is used to portray to the audience the performers role and status. Appearance shows things such as gender, social status, and occupation. All of this happens onstage. The front stage is where the actor performs and knows they are being watched. Because
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