Ever feel like your life is a performance? Everyone does – and this 1959 book explains roles, scripts and hiding backstage

Michael Walsh, Eduardo de la Fuente

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Abstract

Shakespeare’s adage — “All the world’s a stage” — suggests human beings are conditioned to perform, and to possess an acute social awareness of how they appear in front of others. It resonates in the age of social media, where we’re all performing ourselves on our screens and watching each other’s performances play out. Increasingly, those screen performances are how we meet people, and how we form relationships: from online dating, to remote work, to staying in touch with family. While the idea of performance as central to social life has been around for centuries, Erving Goffman was the first to attempt a comprehensive account of society and everyday life using theatre as an analogy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Volume2023
No.April
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2023

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