The Social Thought of Erving Goffman.pdf

The Social Thought of Erving Goffman.pdf


One of the most prominent social thinkers in post-war sociology, Goffman's work continues to influence scholars in various fields and has also attracted many readers outside conventional academia. He inspired the theory-building of later generations of sociologists and social theorists as well as numerous empirical studies in various social domains. Goffman's lifelong interest 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 and many of these are now considered standard sociology vocabulary. Like other volumes in the series, The Social Thought of Erving Goffman is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.

Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published many titles as author or editor, including The Transformation of Modernity (Ashgate, 2001), Erving Goffman (Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2002), The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman (Ashgate, 2008), Public Sociology (Aalborg University Press, 2009), Encountering the Everyday (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The Contemporary Goffman (Routledge, 2010), Utopia: Social Theory and the Future (Ashgate, 2013), Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences (Ashgate, 2013), Deconstructing Death (University Press of Southern Denmark, 2013), and The Poetics of Crime (Ashgate, 2014). Soren Kristiansen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has as author or editor published several titles on the work of Erving Goffman, including Kreativ sociologi (Aalborg University, 2000), Erving Goffman (Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2002), and Mikrosociologi og social samhandling (Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2004), and numerous articles in Danish and international journals. In recent years, he has studied the sociology of gambling.

Introduction 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 'Forwards' Chapter 9: The Legacy of Erving Goffman Chapter 10: Further Readings Glossary


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