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The Pleasure of Honesty (1917)
"Inevitably we construct ourselves. Let me explain. I enter this house and immediately I become what I have to become, what I can become: I construct myself. That is, I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you. And, of course, you do the same with me."
The presentation of self in everyday life
"A "performance" is about making an impression on those present and notably about asserting that we are who we pretend to be."
"Society establishes the means of categorizing persons and the complement of attributes felt to be ordinary and natural for members of each of these categories. Social settings establish the categories of persons likely to be encountered there. The routines of social intercourse in established settings allow us to deal with anticipated others without special attention or thought. When a stranger comes in our presence, then, first appearances are likely to enable us to anticipate his category and attributes, his 'social identity'...We lean on these anticipations that we have, transforming them into normative expectations."
Berger and Luckmann
"We do not first see, then define; we define first, then see."
"Everyday life presents itself as a reality interpreted by men and subjectively meaningful to them as a coherent world...[an] intersubjective commonsense world is constructed."
Berger and Luckmann
"Situations that are defined as real are real in their consequences."
George Herbert Mead
"The self emerges and becomes established through our relationships and interactions with others. Through these interactions, we learn to take the role of others and see ourselves as social objects. This capacity is the essence of selfhood."
"In general, then, most of our reflective consciousness, of our wide-awake state of mind, is social consciousness...self and society are twin-born, we know one as immediately as we know the other, and the notion of a separate and independent ego is an illusion"
Longing and Belonging
"We are socialized throughout the life course into consumption, consumerism, and commodification. In other words, socialized into thinking about material items as having significant social value, and provide us with visibility and identity in social groups."
"Such conversations form the crux of what I have termed the 'economy of dignity,' the system by which children make themselves audible, and therefore present, therefore mattering to their peers."
"Children constructed and contested the salience of commodified goods and events in signifying belonging and care."
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