SOC102 Discussion board 3 The Effect of Social Structure & Discussion board 4 Socialization Practices

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Discussion board 3 Reading 3 – Lewis. Learning to Strip: The Socialization Experiences of Exotic Dancers This reading is an example of socialization in a deviant occupation – in exotic dancing. Through participant observation, the author conducted fieldwork in exotic dancing facilities around Ontario, Canada. Through interviews with dancers, clients, and other participants in the industry the author describes how the dancers enter the profession, how they negotiate their practices while trying to retain a sense of normalcy, and what they experience in personal lives as a result of socialization in exotic dancing. Think of the following guideline questions. What is the difference between anticipatory socialization and on-the-job socialization? How do dancers neutralize their participation in a deviant occupation? Is it a deviant occupation? The author describes two types of dancers: career and goal-oriented dancers. Who suffers more? Why? Finally, is it possible socialization can make us change sexual desires? Discussion board 4 Reading 4 – Goffman. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life This is a classical reading by one of the most well-known symbolic interactionists, Erving Goffman. In this short but dense excerpt, the author discusses how people manage everyday behaviors. According to Goffman, individuals are like actors in a stage. He thinks social reality is composed of social actors and audiences (other actors). In this interaction, there is a constant exchange of information and attempts to gain an upper hand so that we can present ourselves in a more positive light. Let’s focus on some aspects of the interaction “Goffman style.” What is the difference between expressions given and expressions given-off? What is the difference between expressions and impressions? What is the difference between the observer and the unobserved observer? Is the interaction between the social actor and audience symmetrical or asymmetrical (meaning, who has the upper hand, more control over the exchange)? How many of you believe that you have a deep core, a stable sense of self where you can often say “This is me?” How many of you believe that you have no self? The first files are for discussion board 3