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Helps us form a quick picture of the other persons identity
The process by which people attempt to present a favorable public image
- Analyzing social interaction as a series of theatrical performances.
- This has been a staple of symbolic interactionism for decades
Where people maintain the appropriate appearance as they interact with others
Where people can knowingly violate their impression management performances
Elements of someone's identity
- social class
- occupational status
a verbal statement designed to explain unanticipated, embarrassing, or unacceptable behavior
a verbal assertion given before the fact to forestall any complaints or negative implications
gently persuading someone who has lost face to accept a less desirable, but still reasonable alternative identity
The permanent spoiling of someone's identity
Interactions between the stigmatized and the non-stigmatized