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By Stanford M. Lyman, Marvin B. Scott

This paintings presents a crystallization and particularization of a college of sociological considering variously referred to as "creative sociology," "existential sociology," "phenomenological sociology," "conflict theory," and "dramaturgical analysis." the result's a methodological synthesis of the "dual" visions of Erving Goffman and Harold Garfinkel.
This booklet equips the reader with a framework for supplying sufficient descriptions of these face-to-face encounters that make up way of life. This variation comprises essays now not present in the 1st version, in addition to a brand new advent that locates it within the spectrum of latest theorizing.

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Sometimes these norms are enforced by nature. An airplane pilot, for example, must go through a set of intervening steps between the time he sights the field and lands the plane. A failure at any point in this intervening sequence might lead to incontrovertible consequences. A less stringent but similar situation may arise in the advanced stages of courtship. A woman may demonstrate that she loves a man by permitting, at his request, sexual relations . Despite her permissive contentions, she may suddenly deny him sexual access because she had failed to take intervening contraceptive precautions .

68 Such people are the oppressed, the down­ trodden, the people who walk in despair. But there are more. Shakespeare has created the minor characters, the archetypical ones are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, whose lives are but reflections of the actions or commands of others. Such persons live in an anomic world, not knowing whether life is a function of chance, opportunity, or fate. They have their entrances and their exits, but these are determined and involuntary - all else is waiting and wondering.

35 36 A SOCIOLOGY OF THE ABSURD ANALYTIC FEATURES OF TIME TRACKS In thinking about "time," we have found two pairs of sensitizing concepts useful - "humanistic-fatalistic" and "continuous-episodic. atalistic dimension. 5 By humanistic time tracks we refer to the complex subj ective experience that activities are governed by personal decision, are entered into with a sense of mastery or control, and are exhibited through self expression. By fatalistic time tracks we refer to the subjective experience that these activities are matters of obligation or compulsion, are outside the active domination of the social actor, and are vehicles of coercive or conformist rather than individual ex­ pression .

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