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Erving Goffman and the Performed Self

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Published on Apr 15, 2015

From the BBC Radio 4 series about life's big questions - http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofideas

Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles depending on the situation?

Erving Goffman argued that we display a series of masks to others, enacting roles, controlling and staging how we appear and constantly trying to set ourselves in the best light. If this is true do we have a true self or are we endlessly performing?

Narrated by Stephen Fry. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.

This project is from the BBC in partnership with The Open University, the animations were created by Cognitive.

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