SELF IN SOCIETY
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From: Bob Harsh
Date: 19 Oct 1999
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
Thanks for your excellent posting on Mead/Goffman and the self as character and performer. You especially do a good job in summarizing the differences in Mead's and Goffman's perspectives. There certainly is a sense of irony and manipulation in Goffman's dramaturgy, and perhaps what Mead sees as a continuously interactive self is for Goffman instead a series of different roles. I wonder how much of this difference is in fact a difference in Mead's and Goffman's personalities and senses of selves (though we know very little about Mead's self from his book, which was constructed from student's notes and may therefore not very clearly reflect his own thinking and speak styles.