The story of the nearest relative : shifts in footing in dramaturgical replayings

Morriss, L and Smith, GWH ORCID: 2019, 'The story of the nearest relative : shifts in footing in dramaturgical replayings' , Qualitative Sociology Review, 15 (2) , pp. 74-88.

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The utility of Goffman’s thinking about conversational interaction to illuminate features of a research interview between one of the two authors (LM) and a fellow social work professional is assessed. We use this case to explore aspects of Goffman’s contribution to the sociological understanding of spoken interaction. While many of his ideas offer rich sources of guidance for interactionist and qualitative researchers, the value of Goffman’s (1974) concept of “dramaturgical replaying” has been overlooked. We trace the leading themes of Goffman’s thinking about conversational interaction and show how they can provide for an analysis of the story of the “Nearest Relative” that is attentive to its live, improvised enactment. Goffman’s approach to storytelling is shown to be distinct from but complementary to conversation analytic approaches to storytelling.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Sociology Review
Publisher: Faculty of Economics and Sociology, Lodz University
ISSN: 1733-8077
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Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Depositing User: GWH Smith
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 14:45
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 00:54

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