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The beautiful in the commonplace

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Skatvedt, Astrid; Schou, Kirsten Costain

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Abstract During fieldwork in a rehabilitation institution for drug abusers, I 1 became aware that certain, apparently commonplace, informal interaction situations between residents and staff appeared to constitute emotionally moving and identity-constructing situations which apparently had a great impact on the residents. These situations seem, on the surface, to be trivial, minor, superficial and very common. Still, and perhaps because of their 'smallness , they show qualities that suggest authentic interaction, immediate and unfeigned, by participants. This article draws upon an analysis of what I have called 'love-bearing interaction situations (Skatvedt, 2001) and connects this with theoretical insights drawn from the work of Erving Goffman and Johan Asplund, and from Howard Becker s labelling theory.2 Of particular interest is a notion touched upon by Goffman, namely, the expression of love in commonplace interaction.
Free Keywords commonplace interaction; emotions; Goffman; identity; labelling; relations; social encounters;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 83-100
Journal European Journal of Cultural Studies, 11 (2008) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549407084965
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)