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Goffman’s Dramaturgical approach theory was inspired by William Shakespeare’s writings in which Shakespeare say’s “totus mundus agit histrionem,” which are Latin for “All the world is a theatre”. In his theory, Goffman views individuals as actors in society where “interactions are viewed as performances” (Barnhart, A.D.,) the individual attempts to create an impression on the world in which these impressions “exist regardless of the mental state of the individual” (Barnhart, A.D.,) meaning, how the individual acts is not entirely voluntary but also involuntary. Social structure refers to “ the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships” (the free dictionary) To explain social…show more content…
Highlighted in this society is the bourgeoisie exploiting the proletariat, through laws and regulations the Boers were able to control the Africans who not only till the early 90’s managed to keep the latter under their command, fearful of the repercussions of breaking the law. Each Boer was obliged to act harshly to the Africans in order to keep their position as the elite in society. This in a way was the black minority self monitoring their behaviour collectively because they are aware of their social situations(Barnhart, A.D.,); they prior to the ideas of retaliating conformed due to self fulfilling that they had been taught to be less than the Boers. In politics, when viewing social structures influenced by an individual’s actions in the front stage, we think of regimes such as that of Hitler post World War 2 and during it. Adolf Hitler as an actor conducted his behaviour in public places at an authoritative position. He had the ability to not only indoctrinate the minds of military personnel and Germans, but also the ability to persuade in the public places, other individuals to adopt his policies and ideals on what a true German should be (Aryan). He developed policies that had to do with the superiority of the German’s and the inferiority of minorities such as Blacks, and Jews. His ideas also
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