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Stage Actors and Emotions at Work
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3522-4963
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, ISSN 1740-8938, E-ISSN 1740-8946, Vol. 2, no 2, 161-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine the distinctions between ‘playing’ and ‘playing at’ and between deep and surface acting made by Goffman and Hochschild, using examples from stage-rehearsals. This reveals how stage actors switch between these modes and employ various manifestations, rather than using either of them exclusively. The findings are thought to have conceptual implications beyond the particular case of stage acting. One tentative conclusion is that the difference between an actor rehearsing an emotion-laden situation and experiencing a similar situation in real life lies in how the situation is confronted and handled rather than in the actual emotions.

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2007. Vol. 2, no 2, 161-172 p.
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stage actors, emotional labour, deep acting, profession, theatre
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37554OAI: diva2:303334
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-03-12 Last updated: 2015-11-02Bibliographically approved

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