Erving Goffman

Sociologist, Author

1922 – 1982

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Who was Erving Goffman?

Erving Goffman, a Canadian-born sociologist and writer, was 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 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, Stigma, Interaction Ritual, Frame Analysis, and Forms of Talk. His major areas of study included the sociology of everyday life, social interaction, the social construction of self, social organization of experience, and particular elements of social life such as total institutions and stigmas.

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Born
Jun 11, 1922
Mannville
Parents
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Spouses
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Religion
  • Judaism
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • University of Manitoba
    Chemistry
    (1939 - )
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
    Sociology
    ( - 1945)
  • Anthropology
  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago
    Sociology
    ( - 1949)
  • St. John's High School
    (1937 - )
  • PhD, University of Chicago
    Sociology
    ( - 1953)
Employment
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania
Lived in
  • Philadelphia
    (1968 - 1982/11/19)
Died
Nov 19, 1982
Philadelphia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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