Presentation of Self

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After reading the Cyberface
article and the excerpt from Goffman’s Presentation of Self
, write an auto-ethnography to make your own impression management visible—and to help you see how integral it is to your everyday life. You will observe yourself acting and interacting in two different social situations, and will then do a comparative analysis of your presentation of self in each setting. Make sure to use Goffman’s terms in your paper and quotes from all of the readings to earn full points!

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Choose two very different situations that you will encounter this week in everyday life, and commit to observing yourself for thirty minutes as you participate in each. For example, you may observe yourself at work, at a family birthday celebration, at lunch with friends, in your math class, riding on the bus, or watching a soccer game. The two situations you choose don’t need to be extraordinary in any way; in fact, the more mundane, the better. But they should be markedly different from one another.

After observing yourself in the two situations, consider the following questions as you write your paper.

What kinds of things do you say (“expressions given”) in each situation?
How are your facial expressions, style of dress, body language, etc. (“expressions given off”), different in each situation?
How do you modify what you do and say in each situation? Are there things you say or do in one that would be inappropriate, strange, or even absurd in the other?
What type of “front” do you encounter when you enter each situation? And what type of “personal front” do you bring to each?
How does the “region” or setting affect your presentation of self there? Can you identify “backstage regions” and “frontstage regions” for each situation?
Who are you in each situation? Do you present a slightly different version of yourself in each? Why?

As you observe the most minute of your interactions, you will probably discover that you perform somewhat different versions of yourself in the two situations. “Doing student,” for instance, might be very different from “doing boyfriend.”

Your final paragraph should respond to this final Goffman-inspired question: does engaging in impression management mean that we have no basic, unchanging self? If we bring different selves to different situations, what does that say about the idea of a “true self”?

Helpful hints for a successful paper from your professor! Video is about 20 minutes

Note: the due date for the paper mentioned in the video was for fall 2017. The paper is due as scheduled in the class calendar. GRADING RUBRIC

Here’s how I will grade your paper.

Paper Content:
+40 First interaction observation using questions from assignment to guide your essay (up to 40 points for full & complete response, this will include quotes from both articles)
+40 Second interaction observation using questions from assignment to guide your essay (up to 40 points for full & complete response, this will include quotes from both articles)
+20 Final paragraph responding to “Goffman-inspired question” (up to 20 points for a full & complete response, this will include quotes from both articles)

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__ 12 pt font in Times New Roman (or Times if you have a MAC) (-5 point for not following directions)
__ Double spacing (-5 point for not following directions)
__ Title page with Running Head, title of your paper, your name, and the class & school (-5 point for not following directions)
__ 4 (full) content pages as a minimum (-10 or more points)
__ In-line citations, if necessary (-5 points for not following directions)
__ References page, if necessary (-10 points for not following directions)

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