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Introduction: Cicero's Letters and Linguistic Politeness

Jon Hall

in Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195329063
eISBN:
9780199870233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329063.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the social context of letter-writing during the Late Roman Republic, especially among the aristocracy and its concern with social manners. It also examines recent ... More


Suffering from Contingencies

Michael E. Staub

in Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis Was Social, 1948–1980

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226771472
eISBN:
9780226771496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226771496.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In his 1961 book Asylums, Erving Goffman focuses on nameless, faceless inmates confined in a mental hospital that has morally and therapeutically failed them, suffering from circumstances over which ... More


Staged Authenticity Today

Dean MacCannell

in The Ethics of Sightseeing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520257825
eISBN:
9780520948655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257825.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter reviews the staged authenticity in cultural arrangements beyond tourism and the implications of this relocation, also exploring the fragile membrane guarding the back as described by ... More


Public Interraciality: Managing Visibility

Amy C. Steinbugler

in Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199743551
eISBN:
9780199979370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743551.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter analyzes another form of racework that interracial partners use in public spaces—visibility management. By managing their visibility, interracial couples anticipate and protect ... More


Asylums

David J. Alworth

in Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691183343
eISBN:
9781400873807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183343.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers Ralph Ellison's career-long interest in asylums—sites where “individuals” are, as Goffman writes, “cut off from the wider society”—suggests a new way of defining his ... More


Why the Invisibility of Solitary Action?

Ira J. Cohen

in Solitary Action: Acting on Our Own in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190258573
eISBN:
9780190258597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258573.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Social Psychology and Interaction

This chapter presents an extensive discussion of how other social thinkers and theorists of social interaction regard solitary action, or better put, how they disregard it. The chapter examines a ... More


Private Apologies

Ashraf H.A. Rushdy

in After Injury: A Historical Anatomy of Forgiveness, Resentment, and Apology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780190851972
eISBN:
9780190852009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190851972.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses two philosophical approaches to understanding the dynamics and work of private apologies: either as performative speech acts or as remedial exchanges. Drawing on the writings ... More


Theater Nullification

Jody Enders

in Murder by Accident: Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226207834
eISBN:
9780226207858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes various instances in which audience members themselves appear to or actually break the theatrical contract. It examines Erving Goffman's theory about theatrical contract and ... More


The Theatricality of Everyday Life

Andrea Most

in Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708194
eISBN:
9780814707982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the values of theatrical liberalism caught the imagination of Jewish social scientists, who found it useful for explaining everyday behavior. At the same time, a ... More


Policing Interactions

Martin Innes, Colin Roberts, Trudy Lowe, and Helen Innes

in Neighbourhood Policing: The Rise and Fall of a Policing Model

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198783213
eISBN:
9780191830396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198783213.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter discusses the interactional skills and strategies that police perform when engaging with members of the public cast in a variety of roles. In so doing, it seeks to work out the principal ... More


Identity 2.0: Young People and Digital and Mobile Media

Lynn Schofield Clark

in The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199899616
eISBN:
9780199980161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family

In this chapter, we learn more about how young people experience parental approaches to digital and mobile media. As they get older, young people increasingly desire respect and connection from their ... More


The Theatrical Contract

Jody Enders

in Murder by Accident: Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226207834
eISBN:
9780226207858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the issues of social contact in the theater or theatrical contact. It analyzes the six discrete cases that make up the experience of theater, including achieved intentions, ... More


In Flagrante Theatro

Jody Enders

in Murder by Accident: Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226207834
eISBN:
9780226207858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes a series of real and hypothetical scenarios that illustrate the virtually infinite roles of intention on the stage. It examines Erving Goffman's theory about social obligations, ... More


The Social Life of Play

Thomas S. Henricks

in Play and the Human Condition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039072
eISBN:
9780252097058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039072.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Social Psychology and Interaction

This chapter focuses on the social life of play. As the patterning of human relationships, social context shapes play by offering behavioral formats or directives that both support and restrict our ... More


Role Inertia

Blake R. Silver

in The Cost of Inclusion: How Student Conformity Leads to Inequality on College Campuses

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226703862
eISBN:
9780226704197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226704197.003.0005
Subject:
Education, Higher and Further Education

Chapter 5 raises the question: Can change in self-presentation occur? The college social scene is characterized as a place for students to grow and develop. Yet the findings presented in this chapter ... More


Introduction

Michael E. Staub

in Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis Was Social, 1948–1980

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226771472
eISBN:
9780226771496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226771496.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

During the 1960s and 1970s, many people believed that madness was a plausible and sane reaction to insane social conditions and saw psychiatrists mainly as agents of repression. Mental illness and ... More


Organizing Space

Hallam Stevens

in Life Out of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226080178
eISBN:
9780226080345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226080345.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

What do the spaces in which bioinformatic knowledge is produced look like? How are they arranged? How do people move around in them? What difference does this make to the knowledge that is produced? ... More


Resisting Differentness

Joseph E. Davis

in Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226686547
eISBN:
9780226686714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226686714.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

Disorder categories and taking medication, despite their practical and symbolic benefits, also carry negative connotations. Interview participants raised concerns about help-seeking, disclosure, ... More


Status Symbols and Luxury Goods in International Relations

Lilach Gilady

in The Price of Prestige: Conspicuous Consumption in International Relations

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226433202
eISBN:
9780226433349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226433349.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter explores five aspects of status symbols and luxury goods in international relations. It first develops a functionalist explanation for the utility of status symbols in international ... More


Agency

N. J. Enfield

in Relationship Thinking: Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199338733
eISBN:
9780199369447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338733.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter explicates the notion of social agency in the context of carrying out actions in the enchronic frame of conversation. Agency is defined in terms of flexibility and accountability of ... More


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