Erving Goffman's Theories: Impression Management, Dramaturgy & Symbolic Interaction


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Which of the following is true about the symbolic interaction perspective / interactionism?

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1. Which of the following is an example of a symbol?

2. The study of social interaction in terms of theatrical performance is known as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will determine your understanding of Goffman's theories on interactions of people. In order to excel, you'll need to know about social interaction compared to theatrical performance and a term that means presentation of self.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Erving Goffman's perspective and method
  • What word means the presentation of society's ideas, thoughts, and beliefs
  • Study of social interaction compared to acting
  • Presentation of the concept related to the presentation of self

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding theories on interactions of people
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Goffman's influence
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about presentation of self in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about theories on interactions of people, study the lesson called Erving Goffman's Theories: Impression Management, Dramaturgy & Symbolic Interaction. The lesson features the following objectives:

  • Details symbolic-interaction perspective
  • Defines symbolic interaction
  • Explains the dramaturgical approach
  • Covers the influence of Goffman's sociological studies
  • Explores the front and back stage in society