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Impression management

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Impression management is a sociological concept coined by Erving Goffman, one of the most important social theorists of the 20th century, who is well known for his astute observation on the microphysics of social interaction. Goffman introduced the term in his famous book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, considered to be a momentous contribution to the social psychological examination of the relationship between the individual and society. In this book, Goffman spelled out a dramaturgical ...

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