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The Goffman reader
Goffman, Erving.
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Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 1998.

Physical Description:
lxxxii, 285 pages ; 24 cm

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HM22.U6 G643 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Goffman Reader aims to bring the most complete collection of Erving Goffman's (1922-1982) writing and thinking as a sociologist. Among the most inventive, unique and individualistic of thinkers in American sociology, his works first appeared in the early 1950's at a time when a more formal, traditional sociology dominated the scene. In this collection, Goffman's work is arranged into four categories: the production of self, the confined self, the nature of social life, and the framing of experience. Through this arrangement, readers will not only be presented with Goffman's thinking in chronological order, but also with a framework of analysis that clearly introduces the social theoretical ideas by which Goffman shaped the direction of sociological thought through the late twentieth century.

Author Notes

Charles Lemert is a Professor of Sociology at WesleyanUniversity. He is Series Editor for the Blackwell series Twentieth Century Social Thought and has published widely inthe areas of social theory, culture and race.

Ann Branaman teaches at Pennsylvania State Universitywhere she is completing her doctoral studies in sociology andphilosophy.

Table of Contents

"Goffman"Charles Lemert
Goffman's Social TheoryAnn Branaman
Part I The Production of Self
1 Self Claims On Cooling the Mark Out: Some Aspects of Adaptation to Failure
2 Self-Presentation The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
3 The Self as Ritual Object The Nature of Deference and Demeanor
4 The Self and Social Roles Role Distance
Part II The Nature of Social Life
5 Social Life as Drama The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
6 Social Life as Ritual On Face-Work The Structure and Function of Situational Properties Supportive and Remedial Interchanges
7 Social Life as Game Fun in Games Where the Action Is Strategic Interaction
Part III The Confined Self
8 Status, Territory, and the Self Territories of the Self
9 The Mortified Self On the Characteristics of Total Institutions The Moral Career of the Mental Patient
10 The Stigmatized Self Stigma
11 The Recalcitrant Self The Underlife of a Public Institution
Part IV Frames and the Organization of Experience
12 Frame Analysis Frame Analysis
13 Frame Analysis of Talk Felicitys Condition
14 The Frame Analysis of Gender The Arrangement Between the Sexes Gender Displays
15 Social Interaction and Social Structure
The Neglected Situation
The Interaction Order
Erving Goffmans Writings
Secondary Literature