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Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman
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Born (1922-06-11)11 June 1922
Mannville, Alberta, Canada
Died 19 November 1982(1982-11-19) (aged 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stomach cancer
Nationality Canadian
Institutions National Institute of Mental Health; University of California, Berkeley; University of Pennsylvania; American Sociological Association; American Association for the Abolition of Involuntary Mental Hospitalization
Education St. John's Technical High School
Alma mater University of Manitoba BSc
University of Toronto B.A.
University of Chicago M.A., PhD
Thesis Communication Conduct in an Island Community (1953)
Doctoral students Carol Brooks Gardner, Charles Goodwin, Marjorie Goodwin, John Lofland, Gary Marx, Harvey Sacks, Emanuel Schegloff, David Sudnow, Eviatar Zerubavel
Known for Sociology of everyday life; Symbolic interactionism; Social constructionism
Influences Ray Birdwhistell, Herbert Blumer, Émile Durkheim, Sigmund Freud, C. W. M. Hart, Everett Hughes, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, Talcott Parsons, Alfred Schütz, Georg Simmel, W. Lloyd Warner, Dennis Wrong
Notable awards Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1969; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1977; Cooley-Mead Award, 1979; Mead Award, 1983

Erving Goffman (11 June 1922 – 19 November 1982) was a Canadian-American sociologist and writer, considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century". In 2007 he was listed by The Times Higher Education Guide as the sixth most-cited author in the humanities and social sciences, behind Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault, and ahead of Jürgen Habermas.

Goffman was the 73rd president of the American Sociological Association. His best-known contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction. This took the form of dramaturgical analysis, beginning with his 1956 book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Goffman's other major works include Asylums (1961), Stigma (1963), Interaction Ritual (1967), Frame Analysis (1974), and Forms of Talk (1981). His major areas of study included the sociology of everyday life, social interaction, the social construction of self, social organization (framing) of experience, and particular elements of social life such as total institutions and stigmas.

Goffman was born 11 June 1922, in Mannville, Alberta, Canada, to Max Goffman and Anne Goffman, née Averbach. He was from a family of Ukrainian Jews who had emigrated to Canada at the turn of the century. He had an older sibling, Frances Bay, who became an actress. The family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba, where his father operated a successful tailoring business.

Also available as: Fine, Gary A.; Manning, Philip (2003). "Chapter 2. Erving Goffman". Ritzer/Blackwell. Wiley: 34–62. doi:10.1002/9780470999912.ch3. 
Also available as: Fine, Gary A.; Manning, Philip (2003). "Chapter 2. Erving Goffman". Ritzer/Blackwell. Wiley: 34–62. doi:10.1002/9780470999912.ch3. 
  • 1959: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. University of Edinburgh Social Sciences Research Centre. . Anchor Books edition
  • 1961: Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. New York, Doubleday.
  • 1961: Encounters: Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction – Fun in Games & Role Distance. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill.
  • 1963: Behavior in Public Places: Notes on the Social Organization of Gatherings. The Free Press.
  • 1963: Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Prentice-Hall.
  • 1967: Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior. Anchor Books.
  • 1969: Strategic Interaction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 1969: Where the action is. Allen Lane.
  • 1971: Relations in Public: Microstudies of the Public Order. New York: Basic Books.
  • 1974: Frame analysis: An essay on the organization of experience. London: Harper and Row.
  • 1979: Gender Advertisements. Macmillan.
  • 1981: Forms of Talk. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Fine, Gary Alan; Smith, Gregory W. H. (2000). Erving Goffman. vol. 1–4. SAGE. ISBN . 
  • Smith, Greg (2006). Erving Goffman ([Online-Ausg.] ed.). Hoboken: Routledge. ISBN . 
  • Trevino, A. Javier (2003). Goffman's Legacy. Lanham, Md.:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN . 
  • Winkin, Yves; Leeds-Hurwitz, Wendy (2013). Erving Goffman: A critical introduction to media and communication theory. New York: Peter Lang. ISBN . 
  • Dirda, Michael (2010). "Waiting for Goffman", Lapham's Quarterly (Vol 3 No 4). ISSN 1935-7494
  • Ditton, Jason (1980). The View of Goffman, New York:St. Martin’s Press
  • Drew, Paul; Anthony J. Wootton (1988). Erving Goffman: Exploring the Interaction Order. Polity Press. ISBN . 
  • Goffman, Erving; Lemert, Charles; Branaman, Ann (1997). The Goffman reader. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN . 
  • Manning, Philip (1992). Erving Goffman and Modern Sociology. Stanford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Scheff, Thomas J. (2006). Goffman unbound!: a new paradigm for social science. Paradigm Publishers. ISBN . 
  • Verhoeven, J (1993). "An interview with Erving Goffman". Research on Language and Social Interaction. 26 (3): 317–348. doi:10.1207/s15327973rlsi2603_5. 
  • Verhoeven, J (1993). "Backstage with Erving Goffman: The context of the interview". Research on Language and Social Interaction. 26 (3): 307–31. doi:10.1207/s15327973rlsi2603_4. 


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