1. What are “face”, avoidance process, and corrective process?
2. What is the “girl hunt”? How this is an example of impression management?
3. What is the gloried self? What are the three consequences of the gloried self?
4. Take the example of a job interview and apply Goffman’s
dramaturgical approach to this social interaction. How is this an
example of impression management? How is this theory of the self
distinct from Mead’s and Cooley’s theories of the self?
5. How are the reflected self and the looking-glass avatar similar
and different from Cooley’s theory of the looking-glass self? Give
specific examples to illustrate the similarities and differences?
6. In the article, “The Presentation of Self in Virtual Spaces,”
Gottschalk argues individuals have more control over their online
presentation of self. In the documentary, “Generation Like,” it is
argued that online interactions are increasingly commercialized and
utilize individuals as marketers. How do you reconcile these two ideas
within your own online interaction and presentation of self? Are these
ideas present in your experiences?
7. What is a ritual? What are common rituals we engage in when we are in social interaction?
8. Regarding Selection 26 by Jones, how does the code of the street
organize the interactions of African-American girls in urban
neighborhoods? How does the code shape the self-presentations of these
9. What happens when people challenge the prevailing interactional
order of an institution? How do others respond? Provide an example from
10. What are social inequalities? How are inequalities examined from a symbolic interactionist perspective?
11. What is stigma? What are the two types of stigma? How were the
strategies of managing stigma different for Middle Eastern American and
mobile home park residents?
12. How was race and class inequality reflected in the workplace
hierarchy at Kidworks? Who held power? How did professionalism relate to
emotional labor and what were the consequences of professionalism for
the racial hierarchy?
13. Describe how the social world of a mental hospital is constructed
and shapes the subjective experience of the patients. Use specific
examples from Goffman’s reading.
14. How did the parents featured in the Martin selection manage the
identity of their deceased child? What types of “face work” did they
15. What are three things you have learned about the self and society
in this course? Why were these topics the most intriguing? Has this
changed the way you view your identity or interactions with others?
Please specifically incorporate three distinct concepts or theories.