Sociologist Erving Goffman

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Sociologist Erving Goffman

  1. 1. ERVING GOFFMAN Names By: Marika Saidova
  2. 2. Erving Goffman • Born in 1922-1982, Mannville, Alberta • Ukrainian Jewish parents
  3. 3. Erving Goffman - education • Interested in chemistry • Attended St. John Technical High School, then BSc. At University of Manitoba • Early 1940s – first encounters with sociology (Dennis Wrong) • 1945 – graduated at University of Toronto • 1949 – 1951 Collecting data for doctoral dissertation (Island of Unst – Scotland)
  4. 4. Erving Goffman - education • 1953 – succesfully defended his disertation
  5. 5. Erwing Goffman • 1958 – Invited to teach at the University of California in Berkley • 1959 – The presentation of Self, 1961 – Asylum • Progressed rapidly, 1962 full professor • Stock market, Blackjack • 1964 – His wife commited suicide • 1969 The Insanity of Place rumored to be autobiographical
  6. 6. Erving Goffman • 1968 resigned his position in Berkley • Benjamin Franklin Chair in Sociology and anthropology at the university of Pennsylvania • Frame Analysis, published 1974, hoped to be his magnum opus • 1981 - 73rd president of American Sociological Association, • 1982 - died from Stomach cancer, in Philadelphia
  7. 7. No matter where you are, you always “put a mask” to get where you want and to be part of something. “The World is like a stage”
  8. 8. Humans are: Active and knowledgeable
  9. 9. Devise their own conduct
  10. 10. Guide and control how others see them
  11. 11. Different in social settings than alone
  12. 12. Social Con Artists
  13. 13. DRAMATURGY  The Theatrical Representation of life  Consist from Front Stage and Back Stage  Uses Impression Management as a tool
  14. 14. “And to the degree that the individual maintains a show before others that he himself does not believe, he can come to experience a special kind of alienation from self and a special kind of wariness of others.” Erving Goffman:
  15. 15. He was influenced by.. Herbert Blumer Lloyd Warner
  16. 16. Erving Goffman’s work was overly impressionistic Unsystematic: he mainly focused on small groups Lack of reliability, operationalization and testing.
  17. 17. Impact that Goffman had on the society He is considered the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century"
  18. 18. Goffman dramatically revised how we think of social life
  19. 19. Although Goffman died in 1982, his work is still a major influence in contemporary social analysis.
  20. 20. References • goffman&source=bl&ots=i9Ny9n6msT&sig=oBk0I3zLnc0BWaattm0 gf_mtEio&hl=en&sa=X&ei=70EkU_OhNcjqswai8oGAAQ&ved=0CG0 Q6AEwCQ • Fine, G. A., & Smith, G. (2000). Erving goffman. (p. 1688). Sage. Retrieved from http://www.sagepub.com/refbooks/Book210765
  21. 21. Thank you for your attention

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