A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

The Century of the Self - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2002-04-29

The Century of the Self - The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Netflix

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is a 1956 sociology book by Erving Goffman, in which the author uses the imagery of the theatre in order to portray the importance of human social interaction; this would become known as Goffman's dramaturgical analysis approach. Originally published in Scotland in 1956 and in the United States in 1959, it is Goffman’s first and most famous book, for which he received the American Sociological Association's MacIver award in 1961. In 1998, the International Sociological Association listed the work as the tenth most important sociological book of the twentieth century.

The Century of the Self - Reception - Netflix

Philosopher Helmut R. Wagner called The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life “by far” Goffman's best book and “a still unsurpassed study of the management of impressions in face-to-face encounters, a form of not uncommon manipulation.” In 1998, the International Sociological Association listed The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life as the tenth most important sociological book of the twentieth century, behind Talcott Parsons' The Structure of Social Action (1937).

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