Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 78–98

The dramaturgical society: A macro-analytic approach to dramaturgical analysis

  • T. R. Young
  • Garth Massey

DOI: 10.1007/BF02390165

Cite this article as:
Young, T.R. & Massey, G. Qual Sociol (1978) 1: 78. doi:10.1007/BF02390165


While the writings of Erving Goffman have illuminated the dramaturgical components of face-to-face interaction, the task of developing a thoroughgoing substantive and theoretical explication of the dramaturgical society remains. This paper explores the utility of a dramaturgical analysis at the macrosocietal level. The character of a dramaturgical society is discussed in the first section. The origins of a critical dramaturgy are presented in the next section. The conditions of social organization which give birth to a dramaturgical society are set forth in the next sections, and the utility of dramaturgy for a self-directed society are weighed in the final section.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. R. Young
    • 1
  • Garth Massey
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of WyomingUSA

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