The theory of dramaturgy put forth by Erving Goffman in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is foundational for sociological understandings of the self, interaction, identity, and roles, which continue to be relevant for students in both their academic education and their everyday lived experiences. Yet, theories are complex, providing...
- Subject Area(s):
- Cultural Sociology, Emotions, Social Psychology, Socialization, Theory
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity, Lecture, PowerPoint, Video
- Class Level(s):
- College 200, College 300, College 400, Graduate
- Class Size(s):
- Medium, Small
This resource has been designed to reinforce and extend students’ knowledge of Goffman and sociological perspectives of the self and interaction via a collaborative application of dramaturgy to a cultural text, Mulan, illustrating the dynamics of both the theory and film in the process. Theories can be difficult and abstract parts of learning...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Goal 1: To illustrate Goffman’s theories of dramaturgy, performance, and the presentation of the self in an engaging manner through the animated film Mulan (1998).
- Goal 2: To connect students’ understanding of sociological thought to both their own lives and the media or cultural products they encounter so that they can apply sociological perspectives of self throughout culture and society.
- Goal 3: To cultivate students’ theoretical, analytical, and methodological skills via exposing them to a theoretically informed content analysis and asking them to conduct one themselves.
- Assessment 1: Students will be able to discuss and connect the events and dynamics of Mulan (1998) to issues of the self and its performance through the structure, arguments, and vocabulary of Goffman’s theories. For example, identifying which settings, appearances, and manners are demanded by Mulan’s performative roles.
- Assessment 2: Students will be able to analyze and convey how the presentation of self relates to emotions, identity, and gender through the application of Goffmanian theory. This lesson constantly asks students questions about specific cultural products and their responses to those prompts provide an in-progress evaluation of their ability to employ...
- Assessment 3: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply theory in analysis of a cultural text. Students will express this capability through the group activity analysis of an assigned Disney song, indicating their ability to both perform and present the findings of a content analysis.