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By Stanford M. Lyman, Marvin B. Scott

This paintings offers a crystallization and particularization of a college of sociological considering variously known as "creative sociology," "existential sociology," "phenomenological sociology," "conflict theory," and "dramaturgical analysis." the result's a methodological synthesis of the "dual" visions of Erving Goffman and Harold Garfinkel.
This ebook equips the reader with a framework for delivering sufficient descriptions of these face-to-face encounters that make up daily life. This version contains essays now not present in the 1st version, in addition to a brand new creation that locates it within the spectrum of up to date theorizing.

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8 1 Making the world strange is the most efficacious way of getting to the "background expectancies" of everyday life - what Durkheim called the non-contractural conditions of contract. These understandings underlie the social world and are pushed to the back of human consciousness until something happens a nasty surprise - which brings them to the forefront of awareness. The background expectancies are demonstrable by experiments which violate the conditions of trust that circumscribe human affairs.

Groups or segments of groups that have collectively failed in upward mobility suffer from the frustrations of "timetable failure. " 1 8 The consequences of this sense of failure are varied . One result that has been made visible by the recent movements for desegregation in largely Polish and other Eastern European neighborhoods in midwestern cities is direct and violent aggression against other minority groups that appear to be surpassing them too rapidly. 1 9 In American race relations as in courtship there is apparently a perceived pace and sequence in which both movement that is too rapid and movement that is too slow are regarded as untoward and unacceptable.

1 5 Body territory is also convertible into home territory. The most com­ mon method is marriage in a monogamous society in which sexual access to the female is deemed the exclusive right of the husband so long as he exer­ cises propriety with respect to his status. Ownership, however, is not necessarily or always coterminous with possession, so that sexual rivalry might continue illegitimately after a marital choice has been made and erupt in trespass on to the husband's sexual property. 1 6 Under situations where women are scarce, such as nineteenth-century overseas Chinese com­ munities in the United States, sexual property was institutionalized through Territoriality 27 organized prostitution, and the few Chinese wives among the homeless men were carefully secluded.

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