Using qualitative interviews, Vassenden and Rusnes examine Norwegian professors’ everyday self-presentation and leave their occupation undisclosed before cautiously negotiating possible disclosure.
Using Goffman’s treatise of passing with interaction ritual and facework, the paper suggests that while “(soft) self-protection is one concern for professors, they also pass for additional reasons: protecting interactants from insecurity or discomfort and preventing imbalance and “fuss.””
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