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Erving Goffman's impression management for various people

Drawing on Erving Goffman's dramaturgical approach, discuss how the following groups engage in impression management:

Athletes -
College instructors -
Parents -
Physicans -
Politicians -

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There are two main motives that govern self-presentation. We want to influence others and gain rewards. There are three instrumental goals: Ingratiation, intimidation and supplication.

The second motive of self-presentation is expressive. We construct an image of ourselves to claim personal identity, and present ourselves in a manner that is consistent with that image. We try to assert our freedom against those who would seek to curtail our self-presentation expressiveness.

In the 20th century, Erving Goffman also followed a dramaturgical analogy in his seminal book "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life", in which he said, "All the world is not, ...

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Discusses Goffman's dramaturgical approach and how various professions engage in impression management