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The Social Thought of Erving Goffman

The Social Thought of Erving Goffman

August 2014 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Part of the SAGE Social Thinker series, this book serves as a concise and inviting introduction to the life and works of Erving Goffman, one of the most prominent social theorists in postwar sociology. Goffman’s ideas continue to influence scholars in various fields and have also attracted many readers outside conventional academia. Goffman’s overall research agenda was the exploration of what he termed the interaction order—that is, the micro social order that regulates the co-mingling of people in each other’s immediate presence. He coined several new concepts (face-work, impression management, role distance, civil inattention, etc.) with which to grasp and understand the complexities and basic social restructuring of everyday life, many of which are now part of sociology’s standard vocabulary.

Chapter 1: The Life and Times of Erving Goffman
Chapter 2: Reading Goffman "Backwards"
Chapter 3: Goffman’s "Mixed Methods"
Chapter 4: Goffman’s Sociology of Everyday Life Interaction
Chapter 5: Goffman’s Sociology of Deviance
Chapter 6: Goffman and the Self
Chapter 7: Goffman on Frames, Genderisms, and Talk
Chapter 8: Reading Goffman "Forward"
Chapter 9: The Legacy of Erving Goffman
Chapter 10: Further Readings
Key features


  • A comprehensive yet accessible presentation provides an intriguing introduction to all theoretical and methodological facets of Goffman’s work 
  • Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter spark classroom discussion and help readers to gain a deeper understanding of what they have read
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