Framing Atmospheres: Goffman, Space, and Music in Everyday Life

Eduardo de la Fuente, Michael Walsh

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In this article, we synthesize Goffman's microsociology with recent developments in fields such as aesthetics, geography, and urban studies labeled “atmosphere theory.” Our central rationale is if microsociology is to deepen its account of embodiment and the noncognitive it needs a theory of spatialized moods. In the second half, we develop our synthesis with respect to musical atmospheres and conclude by drawing on our own research regarding how social actors use music to shape “involvements” and “disinvolvements” in the spatial ambiances of public transportation, the street, the workplace, and the home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

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