The presentation of self in everyday life

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Overlook Press, 1973 - Social Science - 259 pages
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User Review  - Oleg Kagan - Goodreads

I may be ignorant, but it seems to me that The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life was the very first book to propose, in social science at the very least, the examination of behavior using the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karel Inamsterdam - Goodreads

This classic is a real eye opener. It is always pleasant to find a book in which the author manages to explain a complex matter in an easy to comprehend fashion. I would strongly recommend this book ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
1
PERFORMANCES
17
H TEAMS
77
Copyright

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About the author (1973)

Erving Goffman, an American sociologist, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is known for his distinctive method of research and writing. He was concerned with defining and uncovering the rules that govern social behavior down to the minutest details. He contributed to interactionist theory by developing what he called the "dramaturgical approach," according to which behavior is seen as a series of mini-dramas. Goffman studied social interaction by observing it himself---no questionnaires, no research assistants, no experiments. The title of his first book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959), became one of the themes of all of his subsequent research. He also observed and wrote about the social environment in which people live, as in his Total Institutions. He taught his version of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania; he died in 1983, the year in which he served as president of the American Sociological Association.

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