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SOCI305 Contemporary Sociological Theory
Week 3 Forum 
Symbolic Interactionism & Dramaturgy
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Forum 3 – Choose one Question
Question 1:  GH Mead
Mead claimed that an individual becomes an object to him/herself. Please explain what Mead meant by this statement. In your answer be sure to include and define the concepts of the social act, roles, and “significant gestures.”
Question 2: Dramaturgy
One of Goffman’s central concepts is impression management. Please explain the concept of impression management as well as that of Stage Theory and “performances.” Now walk us through your day, identifying times of your day when you are on front stage and parts of your day when you are on back stage. Be sure to explain the concepts of front and back stage and how the relate to impression management.
Course Objectives: This discussion forum will develop your ability to do the following:
Define sociological theory
Identify major bodies of theoretical work in contemporary sociology and the theorists associated with them
Analyze important developments in sociological theory, including developments in European sociological theory that influenced the growth of theory in the United States
Instructions for all Forums:
Each week, learners will post one initial post per week.  This post must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world.  Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week.  To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week.  All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required.  Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly.  If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided.

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