Shyness and Society

The Illusion of Competence

  • SusieĀ Scott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Susie Scott
    Pages 37-69
  3. Susie Scott
    Pages 70-90
  4. Susie Scott
    Pages 91-123
  5. Susie Scott
    Pages 124-166
  6. Susie Scott
    Pages 167-174
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-194

About this book


Using Symbolic Interactionist theories and descriptions of the everyday life of self-defined 'shy' people, the book explores the social processes of becoming a 'shy person' and performing the shy self in public places. The question of interactional competence is discussed in relation to issues of identity, embodiment, performativity and deviance.


Embodiment Everyday Life identity interaction Self

Authors and affiliations

  • SusieĀ Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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