Goffman's Legacy by Javier A. Treviño (Ed.)

By Javier A. Treviño (Ed.)

Erving Goffman (1922-82) used to be arguably some of the most influential American sociologists of the 20th century. A willing observer of the interplay order of way of life, Goffman's books, that have bought within the millions, remain greatly learn and his recommendations have completely entered the sociology lexicon. This quantity includes twelve unique essays, all written by way of favourite Goffman students, that seriously determine Goffman's many contributions to numerous components of analysis, together with functionalism, social psychology, ethnomethodology, and feminist thought.

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Doesn’t provide any patterns. , , . You have to end up with a natural history of something, with phases, structures, patterns, or you haven’t said anything. Or you haven’t analyzed it. And none of those things are really part of symbolic interactionism. (Verhoeven 1993: 33435l8 It seems rather obvious from these comments that the chief reason Goffman distanced his particular approach to understanding the interaction order from these three microsociologies-social constructionism, ethnomethodology, and symbolic interactionism-is that they repudiate a patterned, structuralist view of social reality, which he, on the other hand, assiduously abided by in his work.

Here social actors are seen as engaging in calculative mutual d e a l i n g s i n moves and counter moves-and in controlling and managing information, all for the purpose of maximizing their chances of winning and minimizing their chances of losing. Philip Manning notes a strength and a limitation of Goffman’s game metaphor. Perhaps the main advantage is that Goffman wrote about the game perspective in such a way as to emphasize its heuristic use rather than, as with the dramaturgical approach, its merely descriptive power (1992: 48).

I begin by considering those sociological conceptions to which Goffman, in explicit opposition, developed his sociology. It is noteworthy that Goffman always refused to align himself with any particular “school”or theoretical tradition in sociology. Indeed, he explicitly spurned the various microsociological paradigms with which others frequently attempted to associate his work. About social constructionism Goffman states: “But where I differ from social constructionists is that I don’t think the individual himself or herself does much of the constructing.

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