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.

Goffman on Frames, Genderisms, and Talk

Goffman on frames, genderisms, and talk

Erving Goffman is perhaps best known among scholars as well as nonacademics for some of his early work on the intricate nature of face-to-face interaction and not least his dramaturgical metaphor deployed in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. In Chapter 1, we showed how Goffman's work—according to Randall Collins (1981a)—could be divided into three overall stages or phases. The final stage was called the “social-phenomenological” or “social-epistemological” phase, in which Goffman began to take an interest in more philosophically oriented themes such as, for example, how consciousness organizes human experience of events and how, in Goffman's words, we always “frame” the situations we enter into. This is also one of the reasons ...

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