Social interaction

1.Apply the three major Social Theories (Structural Functionalism, Social Conflict, Symbolic Interactionism) to the specific concepts you read about in Chapter 4 (Social Interaction in Everyday Life). This is an open-ended question and, thus, gives you a lot of leeway on choosing examples from the chapter, but be as specific as you can in the concepts and examples and/or scenarios you decide to use.

2.Your textbook applied Goffman’s Dramaturgical Analysis to a doctor’s office. For this exercise, apply Goffman’s Analysis to one of these three scenarios (or choose a scenario of your own): A performance review by the boss of a middle manager at a Fortune 500 corporation; Buying a new automobile at a car lot; A first date.

3.Review the section, “Reality Play: The Social Construction of Humor” and then choose three of the following jokes (or choose two of these and one of your own) and explain which of the elements are present and why the joke works or does not work.

How are a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce the same? Somebody’s gonna lose a trailer.

Did you hear about the doctor who went on a ski trip and got lost on the slopes? He stamped out “help” in the snow, but nobody could read his writing.

Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to replace a light bulb? A: One, but it takes 20 visits.

Q: What’s wrong with lawyer jokes? A: Lawyers don’t think they’re funny and nobody else thinks they’re jokes.

“Daddy,” a little girl asked her father, “do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time’?” “No, sweetheart,” he answered. “Some begin with ‘If I am elected.’”

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. – Steven Wright

A Hollywood starlet tells her doctor that her body hurts all over. “Show me,” says the doctor. So she pokes her forearm and screams in pain. Then she touches her thigh and screams again. She pokes her toe and screams. “I think I know what the problem is,” he says. “You have a broken finger.”

Where do you find a dog with no legs? Right where you left him.

Cats are like Slinkys, not much good for anything, but you still can’t help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs! But I’m kidding. I love cats. I do – they taste just like chicken.

The economy is so bad:

CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.
Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.
Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore.
The Mafia is laying off judges and
 Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

“What’s wrong, Bubba?” asked the pastor. “I need you to pray for my hearing,” says Bubba. The pastor put his hands on Bubba’s ears and prayed. When he was done, he asked, “So how’s your hearing?” “I don’t know,” said Bubba. “It isn’t until next Tuesday.”

“Two blondes walk into a building. You’d think at least one of them would have seen it!” – Tommy Cooper

“When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me $85. That’s why in the Navy, the captain goes down with the ship.” – Dick Gregory

“I was going to have plastic surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits by Picasso.” – Rita Rudner

Farmer McDonald set up a roadside stand to sell his fresh vegetables, and a very curious customer asked McDonald if his tomatoes were genetically modified. “No, not at all,” said the tomatoes. –

A scientist tells a pharmacist, “Give me some prepared tablets of acetylsalicylic acid.” “Do you mean aspirin?” asks the pharmacist. The scientist slaps his forehead. “That’s it!” he says. “I can never remember the name.”

How do you keep a knucklehead in suspense? I’ll let you know tomorrow!

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