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Q149. Diction, etc.

Individuals seek perpetual information about how they present themselves in their current social position and how to meaningfully readjust themselves based on their circumstances. Goffman illustrates this presentation adjustment by stating that people engage in “… performance which regularly functions in a general and fixed fashion to define the situation for those who observe the performance” (p.22).

Goffmans argues that the front is made up of two main parts: the setting and the personal front.

Goffman writes that a part of an individual’s performance is established in the “front”. This includes the setting, appearance of self, and manner.

Goffman describes the necessity for a player to believe in the part one is playing.


Q147. Edit these sentences.

Yet, what is unique about the flight attendant’s setting is that it actually follows their performance.

When an individual inhabits the social role of airline attendant, their ability to successfully convey to their audience the validity of their performance also relies the use of a personal front (i.e. the second component of Goffman’s understanding of front).

Additionally, because some flight attendant-to-passenger interactions are not necessarily specific to this relationship (i.e. “hello’s” and “good-byes”), it is necessary for the flight attendant to enhance their communication as to confirm and reaffirm the role (Goffman 30).


Q147. Identify and fix problems of diction in these examples.


Q146. Tweak:

Although there are many components to his theory of performativity, in this essay I will focus on the use of “fronts” and “dramatic realization” in face-to-face interactions – two concepts from his first chapter (Goffman 22, 30).


Q145. Wordsmith:

There are different types of secrets, in this situation the secret is a dark secret which has to be kept from the audience forever. “These consist of facts about a team which it knows and conceals and which are incompatible with the image of self that the team attempts to maintain before its audience” (Goffman, 1959, p. 141).


Q144. Wordsmith this passage

In the second chapter of his book Goffman elaborates on the concept of teams. He refers to “team performance” as “teams” and it is “to refer to any set of individuals who co-operate in staging a single routine” (Goffman, 1959, 79). In other words Goffman’s concept of a team is a group of people that are adhering and working towards the same goal.


Q143. Wordsmith this opening sentence:

I will discuss some of the concepts discussed by Erving Goffman in his book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, which he elaborates face to face interactions, and the different roles that everyone takes in presenting themselves.


Q142. Improve this sentence from a paper on Goffman

Many things can create a distraction during a performance, which is an example of maintenance of expressive control.


Q141. Wordsmith the following

When the performer is playing her role as society expects her to it is called idealization. Goffman’s definition of idealization is “when the individual presents himself towards others, his performance will tend to incorporate and exemplify the officially accredited values of the society, more so in fact, than does his behavior as a whole” (p.35).


Q140. Identify and fix the main problem in the following passages.

In which an actor has the ability to choose his stage and props, as well as the costume he would wear in front of his audience (p.22-24).

I believe by using the above example is an illustration of the “front” by describing the clinic as the social setting and the lobby as the stage for the performers.


Q139. Wordsmith the following passage from the first paragraph of a paper about Erving Goffman's Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.

In Presentation of Self, Erving Goffman states that a front is "that part of the individual's performance which regularly functions in a general and fixed fashion to define the situation for those who observe the performance" (p.22). In other words, you need to have an image of how you want people to see you at a certain point in time.


Q138. Suggest rewrite of the following text:

For example, Goffman uses front to distinguish and label the different parts of front as he sets a scene that consist of three components by using setting, appearance, and manner. In which an actor has the ability to choose his stage and props, as well as the costume he would wear in front of his audience (p.22-24).