Dramaturgy is a sociological perspective stemming from symbolic interactionism. Sociology (from Latin: socius "companion" and the suffix -ology "the study of" from Greek λόγος lógos "knowledge" Symbolic interactionism is a major sociological perspective that is influential in many areas of the discipline The term was first coined by Erving Goffman, who developed most of the related terminology and ideas in his 1959 book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Erving Goffman ( June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian and American sociologist and writer The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is a seminal Sociology book by Erving Goffman. Kenneth Burke, whom Goffman would later acknowledge as an influence, had earlier presented his notions of dramatism in 1945. Kenneth Duva Burke ( May 5 1897 – November 19 1993) was a major American literary theorist and philosopher. Dramatism, introduced by rhetorician Kenneth Burke, made its way into the field of communication in the early 1950's as a method for understanding the social uses of language
In dramaturgical sociology it is argued that human actions are dependent upon time, place, and audience. In Sociology, social actions refer to any action that takes into account the actions and reactions of other Individuals and is modified based on those events In other words, to Goffman, the self is a sense of who one is, a dramatic effect emerging from the immediate scene being presented. In Sociology, the self refers to an individual person from the perspective of that person  Goffman forms a theatrical metaphor in defining the method in which one human being presents itself to another based on cultural values, norms, and expectations. Metaphor (from the Greek: μεταφορά - metaphora, meaning "transfer" is language that directly compares seemingly unrelated subjects Performances can have disruptions (actors are aware of such) but most are successful. The goal of this presentation of self is acceptance from the audience through manipulation. If the actor succeeds, the audience will view the actor as he or she wants to be viewed.  This makes it an intimate form of communication, highlighting it as a micro-level sociological theory. Communication is the process of conveying information from a sender to a receiver with the use of a medium in which the communicated information is understood the same way Microsociology is one of the main branches of Sociology (contrast with Macrosociology and Mesosociology) which concerns itself with the nature of everyday
Dramaturgical perspective is one of several sociological paradigms separated from other sociological theories because it does not examine the cause of human behavior but the context. Sociological paradigms (or frameworks are specific 'points of view' used by Social scientists in Social research. For the Björk song see Human Behaviour Human behavior is the collection of Behaviors exhibited by Human beings and influenced by In this sense, dramaturgy is a process which is determined by consensus between individuals. Consensus has two common meanings One is a general agreement among the members of a given group or Community, each of which exercises some discretion in Because of this dependence on consensus to define social situations, the perspective argues that there is no concrete meaning to any interaction that could not be redefined. Dramaturgy emphasizes expressiveness as the main component of interactions. It is termed a "fully two-sided view of human interaction".
Dramaturgical theory suggests that a person's identity is not a stable and independent psychological entity; it is constantly remade as the person interacts with others. Identity is an Umbrella term used throughout the Social sciences to describe an individual's comprehension of him or herself as a discrete separate entity
In a dramaturgical model, social interaction is analyzed as if it were part of a theatrical performance. People are actors who must convey their personal characteristics and their intentions to others through performances. As on the stage, people in their everyday lives manage settings, clothing, words, and nonverbal actions to give a particular impression to others. This is called "impression management". Goffman makes an important distinction between "front stage" and "back stage" behavior. As the term implies, "front stage" actions are visible to the audience and are part of the performance. People engage in "back stage" behaviors when no audience is present. For example, a server in a restaurant is likely to perform one way in front of customers but might be much more casual in the kitchen. It is likely that he or she does things in the kitchen that might seem unseemly in front of customers.
Before an interaction with another, an individual typically prepares a role, or impression, that he or she wants to make on the other. These roles are subject to what is in theater termed "breaking character. " Inopportune intrusions may occur, in which a backstage performance is interrupted by someone not meant to see it. In addition, there are examples of how the audience for any personal performance plays a part in determining the course it takes: how typically we ignore many performance flaws out of tact, such as if someone trips or spits as they speak.
Goffman first brought dramaturgy into the language of social psychology and sociology with his publication The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life. The book explores a multitude of interactions whereby we in everyday life engage in performances of the self in a way similar to an actor portraying a character.
There are seven important elements Goffman identifies with respect to the performance.
Belief in the part one is playing is important, although it is nearly impossible for others to judge. Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a Proposition or Premise to be true The performer may be sincere or cynical, and while the audience can try to guess at the performer's real inner state of mind, they can only objectively analyze the other elements of the performance. 
The front or 'the mask' is a standardized, generalizable and transferable way for the performer to control the manner in which the audience perceives him.
Dramatic realization is a portrayal of aspects of the performer that he wants the audience to know. When the performer wants to stress something, he will carry on the dramatic realization. 
Idealization. A performance often presents an idealized view of the situation to avoid confusion (misrepresentation) and strengthen other elements (fronts, dramatic realization). Audiences often have an 'idea' of what a given situation (performance) should look like and performers will try to carry out the performance according to that idea. 
Maintenance of expressive control, as the name implies, refers to the need to stay 'in character'. The performer has to make sure that he sends out the correct signals and quiets the occasional compulsion to convey misleading ones that might detract from the performance. 
Misrepresentation refers to the danger of conveying the wrong message. The audience tends to think of a performance as genuine or false, and performers generally wish to avoid having an audience disbelieve them (whether they are being truly genuine or not). 
Mystification refers to the concealment of certain information from the audience, whether to increase the audience's interest in the user or to avoid divulging information which could be damaging to the performer. 
Teams are groups of individuals who cooperate with each other, although teams of one person (performing solo) do exist in Goffman's terminology. Team members must cooperate and share the 'party line'. In Politics, the line or the party line is an Idiom for a Political party or Social movement 's canon Agenda Team members must share information. Any mistake reflects on everyone. Trust is critical. Roles don't have to be equal. Team members also have inside knowledge and are not fooled by one another's performances. 
Stages or regions refer to the three distinct areas where different individuals with different roles and information can be found. There are three stages: front, back and outside. 
Front stage is where the performance takes place and the performers and the audience are present. It is a part of the dramaturgical performance that is consistent and contains generalized ways to explain the situation or role the actor is playing to the audience that observes it. This is a fixed presentation. Goffman says that the front stage involves a differentiation between setting and personal front. These two concepts are necessary for the actor to have a successful performance. Setting is the scene that must be present in order for the actor to perform; if it is gone, the actor cannot perform. For example, using the metaphor of ice skating, in order for an ice skater to perform, an ice rink must be present.
Personal front consists of items or equipment needed in order to perform. These items are usually identifiable by the audience as a constant representation of the performance and actor. Sticking with the metaphor of ice skating, an example of a personal front would be the ice skates the skater must wear in order to perform. The personal front is divided into two different aspects, appearance and manners. In Sociology, manners are the unenforced standards of conduct which show the actor to be Cultured Polite, and refined Appearance refers to the items of the personal front that are a reflection of the actor's social status. Manner refers to the way an actor conducts himself. The actor's manner tells the audience what to expect from his performance. 
Back stage is where performers are present but audience is not, and the performers can step out of character without fear of disrupting the performance. It is where facts suppressed in the front stage or various kinds of informal actions may appear. The back stage is completely separate from the front stage. No members of the audience can appear in the back. The actor takes many methods to ensure this. It is difficult to perform once a member of the audience is in the back stage. Using the metaphor of an ice skating competition, the skater would not want the judges to see her at practice where she is sloppy and falls. Her practice time would be seen as the backstage and the performance time as the front. 
When performers are in the back region, they are nonetheless in another performance: that of a loyal team member. Back region is a relative term, it exists only in regards to a specific audience: where two or more people are present, there will almost never be a true 'back region'.
Outside, or off-stage, is the place where individuals are not involved in the performance (although they may be aware of it).
Borders or boundaries are important as they prevent or restrict movement of individuals between various regions. Performers need to control boundaries to control who has the access to the performance.
Many performances need to prevent the audience from getting some information (secrets). For that, several specialized roles are created.
There are different types of secrets:
There are 3 basic roles in Goffman's scheme, each dealing with different types of information. Performers found in both the front and back regions are aware of the impression they foster and possess destructive information about the show. Audiences found only in the front regions know what they have been allowed to know, along with what they can gather from close observation. Finally, outsiders know neither the secrets of the performance nor the appearance of reality fostered by it, and are found only in the outside region. 
In general, these roles are never clear cut (as there are no ideal types). Ideal type, also known as pure type or Idealtyp in the original German, is a Typological term most closely associated with Sociologist The most common and important subroles can be divided into three groups and include:
Roles dealing with manipulation information and team borders
Roles dealing with facilitating interactions between 2 other teams
Roles that mix front and back region up:
Performers may act out of character on purpose (usually in the back stage) or by accident (if in front stage).
Common backstage communications out of character include:
Common frontstage communications out of character include:
Impression management refers to work on maintaining the desired impression. It is composed of defensive and protective techniques. Defensive techniques are employed before an interaction starts and involve:
Protective techniques are used once the interaction begins in order to cover mistakes. For example, relying on audience to use tact and overlook mistakes of the performers. 
It has been argued that dramaturgy should only be applied in instances that involve people associated with a total institution. A total institution, also referred to as a voracious institution, as defined by Erving Goffman, is an Institution where all parts of life of individuals The theory was designed for total institutions and some believe that theories should not be applied where they have not been tested. 
In addition to this, it also has been said that dramaturgy does not contribute to sociology's goal of understanding the legitimacy of society. A society is a Population of Humans characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals that share a distinctive Culture and Institutions It is claimed to be drafting on positivism, which does not offer an interest in both reason and rationality; John Welsh called it a "commodity". Positivism is the Philosophy that the only authentic knowledge is knowledge that is based on actual sense experience 
Research on this is best done through fieldwork such as participant observation. This article is about the scientific method For the military term see Field fortifications under Fortification. Participant observation is a set of Research strategies which aim to gain a close and intimate familiarity with a given group of individuals (such as a religious occupational
For one, dramaturgy has been used to depict how social movements communicate power. Robert D. Benford and Scott A. Hunt argued that "social movements can be described as dramas in which protagonists and antagonists compete to affect audiences' interpretations of power relations in a variety of domains". Social movements are a type of group action. They are large informal groupings of Individuals and/or Organizations focused on specific  The people seeking power present their front stage self in order to captivate attention. However, the back stage self is still present, though undetectable. This is a competition of power, a prime example of dramaturgy.
A useful, and everyday way of understanding dramaturgy (specifically front stage and back stage) is to think of a waiter or waitress at a restaurant. Their main avenue of concern for him or her is "customer service". Even if a customer is rude, waiters and/or waitresses are expected to be polite ("the customer is always right") as part of their job responsibilities. That same waiter or waitress speaks differently when going out to their break room. They may complain, mimic and discuss with their fellow peers how irritating and rude the customer is. In this example, the waiter/waitress acts a certain way when dealing with customers and acts a completely different way when with their fellow employees.