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Title: Dramaturgy Impression Management, Civil Inattention, Sign Vehicles

Dramaturgy: Impression Management, Civil Inattention, Sign Vehicles | Sociology

Civil Inattention

  • ‘Opening’
  • Unfocused attention
  • Eye contact – ambiguous
  • Signal or cue is ambiguous
  • By facial expressions, body language and gestures
  • If they respond then it is direct focus interaction

Impression Management

  • To manage the forms of expressions
  • E. g. , Pretending to be happy to meet someone but expressions say otherwise
  • Shared world experiences
  • Face to face interaction

Markers or Brackets

  • Recognised devices that people use
  • Suggests others are not a part of the conversation
  • E. g. , Get together
  • Facing each other during conversation
  • Others feel like an outsider
  • If others come in, topic changes

Acting According to Role

  • To know how to behave in various settings or contexts
  • Impression management
  • E. g. , No direct involvement in lifts or airplanes or not overhearing a conversation

Master Status

  • Aspect of macro sociology
  • Dominant forms of status order in a class-based society
  • To define how interaction should be with who
  • Unstated shared assumptions
  • Structural category like class, nationality, gender, age

Team Work Setting

  • Husband and wife in a social setting after or during a fight
  • Props accompanied
  • Impression management

Time and Space Perspective

  • Personal space
  • The area immediately around the body that a person can claim as his or her own.
  • Varies with societies
  • Shared understanding between the members is threatened when people are grown up in different cultural settings

7 Requirements for a Performance

  • Belief
  • Mask – impression management
  • Realization
  • Idealization – ideal role to be played
  • Maintenance
  • Misrepresentation
  • Mystification


Q. 1. When a grandfather tells his grandson that children should not speak among elders, this is an example of________

1. Master status

2. Markers

3. Brackets

4. Impression management

Answer: 1

Q. 2. The desire to manipulate others՚ impressions of us on the front stage is called________

1. Sign vehicles

2. Impression management

3. Appearance

4. Props

Answer: 2

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