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Erving Goffman and The Performed Self

Updated Tuesday 14th April 2015

Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles based on the situation? Stephen Fry explains Erving Goffman's theory of the Performed Self. 

Erving Goffman argued that we display a series of masks to others, enacting roles, controlling and staging how we appear and constantly trying to set ourselves in the best light. If this is true, do we have a true self or are we endlessly performing?

 

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