Shyness and society: the illusion of competence

Scott, Susie (2007) Shyness and society: the illusion of competence. Palgrave, London. ISBN 9781403996039

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What do we mean when we call someone shy? Does shyness exist beyond the level of the individual mind? How does being shy affect everyday interaction and social relationships? Shyness and Society takes a sociological approach to understanding shyness as a condition that is defined, interpreted and managed in relation to cultural norms and values. Drawing on Symbolic Interactionist theories and using data from her own study of self-defined 'shy' people, Susie Scott explores the experience of being shy in contemporary Western Society. In a culture obsessed with talk, assertiveness and competitive individualism, those who are more reticent are regarded as deviant, and encouraged to 'come out of their shells'. From shy people's perspective, however, everyday social life is a minefield of potential blunders and dramaturgical dilemmas, which they resolve by performing their identities in unique ways.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Susie Scott
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:28
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2012 15:44
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