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The arrangement between the sexes

The arrangement between the sexes ERVING GOFFMAN In modern industrial society, as apparently in all others, sex is at the base of a fundamental code in accordance with which social interactions and social structures are built up, a code which also establishes the conceptions individu. als have concerning their fundamental human nature. This is an oft stated proposition, but until recently its awesomely ramified significance escaped us. The traditional sociological position that sex is "learned, diffuse, role behav- ior" - fair enough in itself - seemed to have innoculated previous genera- tions of social scientists against understanding instead Of allowing the disease to spread. More even than in the matter of social class, these students simply acted like everyone else, blindly supporting in their personal conduct exactly what some at least should have been studying. As usual in recent years, we have had to rely on the discontented to remind us of our subject matter. It is these issues I want to try to approach, doing so from the perspective of social situations and the public order sustained within them. (I define a social situation as a physical arena anywhere within which an entering person finds himself exposed to the immediate presence of one http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Theory and Society Springer Journals

The arrangement between the sexes

Theory and Society , Volume 4 (3) – Jul 16, 2004

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Springer Journals
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Subject
Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Philosophy of the Social Sciences
ISSN
0304-2421
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1573-7853
DOI
10.1007/BF00206983
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Abstract

ERVING GOFFMAN In modern industrial society, as apparently in all others, sex is at the base of a fundamental code in accordance with which social interactions and social structures are built up, a code which also establishes the conceptions individu. als have concerning their fundamental human nature. This is an oft stated proposition, but until recently its awesomely ramified significance escaped us. The traditional sociological position that sex is "learned, diffuse, role behav- ior" - fair enough in itself - seemed to have innoculated previous genera- tions of social scientists against understanding instead Of allowing the disease to spread. More even than in the matter of social class, these students simply acted like everyone else, blindly supporting in their personal conduct exactly what some at least should have been studying. As usual in recent years, we have had to rely on the discontented to remind us of our subject matter. It is these issues I want to try to approach, doing so from the perspective of social situations and the public order sustained within them. (I define a social situation as a physical arena anywhere within which an entering person finds himself exposed to the immediate presence of one

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Theory and SocietySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 16, 2004

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