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Goffman’s Dramaturgy: A case study analysis for potential inclusion in communication theory studies

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dc.contributor.author Dell, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-23T13:38:33Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-23T13:38:33Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10587/1600
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents Erving Goffman’s dramaturgy as a useful framework to advance our understanding of the functionality of communication. While Goffman’s work has been acknowledged and accepted as contributing to the understanding of interactive communication, often a comprehensive understanding of Goffman’s dramaturgy is absent from communication theory textbooks. In this thesis, Goffman’s dramaturgy is applied to an act of public communication to provide a strong argument for an increased and more comprehensive inclusion of his work in the field of communication studies. Using a critical discourse analysis (CDA) methodology coupled with Goffman’s dramaturgy, this thesis examines the performance of Ed Burkhardt during an impromptu press conference held in Lac-Mégantic, after the train derailment. It finds the CEO’s performance is strained by his selected role, normative pressures to conform to audience expectations, and a failed attempt to influence the frame. CDA is discovered to be a suitable methodology to be used with Goffman’s dramaturgy because it encourages the researcher to include contemplations at both a micro and macro level. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Mount Saint Vincent University en_US
dc.subject Erving Goffman en_US
dc.subject Dramaturgy en_US
dc.subject Communication theory en_US
dc.subject Critical Discourse Analysis en_US
dc.subject Lac-Mégantic en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Thurlow, Amy
dc.title Goffman’s Dramaturgy: A case study analysis for potential inclusion in communication theory studies en_US
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