HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

Behaviour in Public Places

SOCIAL ORDER

Behaviour in Public Places: Notes on the social organisation of gatherings
Erving Goffman

Reading this book allowed me to view the functionality of our public system in an analytical sense. Goffman provides many examples concerning "appropriate" behaviour, things regarding etiquette, self control and manners. 

It's obvious that this knowledge could be brought further into an area such as design by using the informative analyzations of public behaviour by Goffman and applying it into a design.

The book brings up interesting behaviours such as:

the way in which people carry themselves when commuting. contrasts between people who appear to know where they're going and others who seem to be wandering. wanderers seeming to have a negative affiliation toward them as it may suggest some sort of loitering. 

the contrast between how women would behave in an environment with men and an environment with only women. Goffman visits a women's mental hospital and points out certain mannerisms that women may not necessarily do in the company of men as it would be too crude, such as scratching of the crotch, burping, farting. mannerisms unaffiliated with women

the way we alter our facial expression in a neutral public setting such as in waiting rooms and public transport. the term "dog face" is brought up which describes the facial state of no expression, neutral and unreadable. 

 

The book also provoked me to think about the heavy societal expectation that is set upon us, which is evidently seen in public settings and in front of company. A concept that I would explore further on in design

 

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