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Intimacy among strangers

  • Scott Schaffer
Publiceringsår: 2001
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 309-316
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of mundane behavior
Volym: 2
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel


Mobile telephone calls in public places often entail the revelation of intimate details about the caller's life to strangers. This article reports some results of the authors eavesdropping on mobile phone calls in public places and also takes the first step into analysis of the fascinating mix of visibility and inaccessibility, intimacy and alienation that is the mobile telephone call in a public place. The article discusses how this intimacy among strangers may be understood using Goffmans concepts of impression management, involvement shields and civil inattention.



  • Social Sciences
  • educational sciences
  • sociologi
  • civil inattention
  • sociology
  • impression management
  • public places
  • mobile phones
  • intimacy
  • utbildningsvetenskap
  • Goffman


  • ISSN: 1529-3041

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