(noun) [A] technique sociologists use in which they view society through the metaphor of theatrical performance” (OpenStax College 2012).

Audio Pronunciation: (dram·a·tur·gy)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: dramaturgies
  • Methodology explicated by Erving Goffman (1922–1982) in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959) including related terms such as impression management.
  • Also called:
    • dramaturgical analysis
    • dramaturgical approach
    • dramaturgical perspective
    • dramaturgical sociology

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OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives. Connexions. October 9, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42792/1.6/).