Drama as life: The significance of Goffman's changing use of the theatrical metaphor

Sociological Theory 9 (1):70-86 (1991)
Abstract
Goffman makes considerable use of the metaphor of social life as theater. This metaphor has a significant impact on his thought in three areas: 1) it is central to his changing views about cynicism and trust in everyday life; 2) metaphor in general is a method of sociological inquiry; and 3) metaphor suggests a "limit" that his later work attempts to transcend
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