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HUMSS - Anssi Peräkylä

Anssi Peräkylä

Sociology
University of Helsinki

Do we experience ”self” in interaction all the time or just occasionally?
When Jan 30, 2023
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where FRIAS Seminar Room
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Attendees Universitätsoffen / open to university members
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Do we experience ”self” in interaction all the time or just occasionally?

The sociologist Erving Goffman claimed that in all social encounters, participants are concerned about the positive self-image of themselves and of their interaction partners. While Goffman is often celebrated as a pioneer of contemporary interaction research, his ideas of the "omnipresence" of self in interaction have been met with resistance, especially in conversation analysis.  In my presentation, I will discuss Goffman's claim in the light of some philosophical, psychological and sociological conceptualizations of the self.  I will also suggest that the experiences and interactional practices of narcissistic persons can cast light in the presence of self in social interaction that otherwise remains implicit.