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ERIC Number: EJ1070232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
Goffman Goes Rock Climbing: Using Creative Fiction to Explore the Presentation of Self in Outdoor Education
Beames, Simon K.; Pike, Elizabeth C. J.
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v12 n2 p3-11 2008
Outdoor education literature has a recent history of examining its practice through a variety of sociological, philosophical, psychological, and anthropological lenses. Following this trend, this paper explores the face-to-face social interaction of a fictional introductory rock-climbing course. The analysis of this creative fiction draws on Erving Goffman's dramaturgical framework, as described in his book "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" (1959). The discussion highlights how participants and instructors on a practical skill development weekend are involved in the complex endeavour of projecting and sustaining impressions for each other. Goffman's concepts regarding the ways in which humans conceal and reveal information about themselves may offer outdoor education instructors and researchers a helpful perspective through which they can consider how individual participants' actions are influenced by the perceived expectations of the different audiences they encounter.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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