Face and the dynamics of its construction: a relational and multilayered perspective

Ivana, G.-I. (2016) Face and the dynamics of its construction: a relational and multilayered perspective. Symbolic Interaction, 39(1), pp. 106-125. (doi:10.1002/symb.209)

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Abstract

This article proposes a new understanding of the concept of face as coconstructed and characterized by various and not always polarized dynamics, such as gain/loss. In elaborating on this conceptual frame, I revisit Goffman's work on social appraisal and argue it is marked by a shift from an expositional to a relational approach. Using this reading of Goffman, together with characteristics of the Chinese concept of face, I analyze interview data about users' interpretations, motivations, and intentions behind public exchanges of information on Facebook. The data illustrate both interactive processes of gradual acquisition/erosion of mien‐tzu and loss of lien.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ivana, Dr Greti-Iulia
Authors: Ivana, G.-I.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Symbolic Interaction
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0195-6086
ISSN (Online):1533-8665
Published Online:12 January 2016

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