Honne and Tatemae: a world dominated by a “game of masks”

Buzzi, Peter and Megele, Claudia (2012) Honne and Tatemae: a world dominated by a “game of masks”. In: Communication Across Cultures. Christopher, Elizabeth, ed. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230275676. [Book Section]


This paper examines the intricacies of communication and managing communication across different cultures, societies and geographical boundaries. In specific, it extends Austin’s Speech Act Theory beyond its speaker-centred conceptualisation to explore the dynamics and complexities of communication process as an interactive dialogic act of meaning making.

Drawing on Goffman’s symbolic interaction theory the authors reflect on empirical examples and the dynamics of everyday communication and explore the tension between Honne (true individual feelings and desires) and Tatemae (individual façade) from a dramaturgical perspective.

The authors then examine some practical and ethical implication and applications of the above in relation to effective and ethical communication in a world dominated by a game of masks (Honne & Tatemae).

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 16719
Depositing User: Claudia Megele
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 14:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16719

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