Goffman's (1959) dramaturgical theory of identity provides a framework for making sense of complicated, mundane identity performances. Through in-depth interviews and focus groups conducted with intercollegiate forensic co-culture members, the current research builds on Goffman's dramaturgical theory of identity. Crystallization-based analysis showed identity performances are situated within one another like Russian matroyshka (nesting) dolls. Co-cultural expectations produce multi-level professionalism expectations, and overlapping co-cultures mean individuals manage conflicting conventions. Implications are offered for the forensics community, other co-cultures, and identity scholars.
Date of Degree
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Arts and Humanities
Walker, Julie Louceil Germain, "Every(day) Identities in Forensics: Performing Identities Within the Constraints of Intercollegiate Forensics" (2016). All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 643.
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