Goffman, E. 1961/1995. “Identity Kits.”

Goffman, Erving. 1995. “Identity Kits.” Pp. 119-120 in Dress and Identity, edited by Mary Ellen Roach-Higgins, Joanne B. Eicher, and Kim K.P. Johnson. New York: Fairchild Publications.

Originally printed as: Goffman, Erving. 1961. “Identity Kits.” Selection from Asylums. CITY: Doubleday Dell.

“The individual ordinarily expects to exert some control over the guise in which he appears before others. For this he needs cosmetic and clothing supplies, tools for applying, arranging, and repair them, and an accessible, secure place to store these supplies and tools – in short the individual will need an ‘identity kit’ for the management of his personal front” (119). In many total institutions, the means to exert control over these identities (via appearance) are taken away – (kx^ thus, depriving individual of means to effectively communicate the self, interpret others’?)


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