Enactment or performance? A non-dualist reading of Goffman

Ella Hafermalz*, Kai Riemer, Sebastian Boell

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the sociomateriality research orientation with a critical examination of two concepts – enactment and performance – that have been associated with the notion of performativity. While a preference for the term enactment has been expressed in influential IS literature, we argue that sociomateriality will benefit from an engagement with the body of research that focuses on Goffman’s notion of performance. We provide a critique of Mol’s reading of Goffman’s notions of “persona” and “mask”. We then show how a careful non-dualist reading of his work reveals his opus as relevant and useful for sociomateriality, because his notion of performance affords locating technology in differing roles within a performance. In doing so, we argue that Goffman’s work, largely overlooked within this stream of research so far, contributes important concepts and terminology for making sociomateriality actionable for IS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond Interpretivism? New Encounters with Technology and Organization - IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, ISandO 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages167-181
Number of pages15
Volume489
ISBN (Print)9783319497327, 9783319497327, 9783319497327
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, ISandO 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 Dec 201610 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume489
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

ConferenceIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, ISandO 2016
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period9/12/1610/12/16

Keywords

  • Enactment
  • Goffman
  • Hermeneutic reading
  • Information systems (IS)
  • Performance
  • Performativity
  • Sociomateriality
  • Theorizing

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