concept: line

In the technical sense—something one acts out or articulates—”that is, a pattern of verbal and nonverbal acts by which [the speaker, writer, or user of symbols] expresses [the user’s] view of the situation and through this [the user’s] evaluation of the participants, especially himself,” from Goffman’s On Face-Work, An Analysis of Ritual Elements in Social Interaction.


Similar to a line of reasoning, a position, or an approach.


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