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Erving Goffman

Erving GoffmanBorn: 11-Jun-1922
Birthplace: Manville, Alberta, Canada
Died: 19-Nov-1982
Location of death: Philadelphia, PA
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Remains: Cremated, ashes in family's possession

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Sociologist, Author

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: The Presentation of Self

Sociologist respected for his analysis of human interaction in routine social behavior, which he termed "micro-sociology." Proposed that routine social interactions such as gestures and gossip indicate that humans naturally strive to formulate identities.

Father: Max Goffman (retail sales clerk)
Mother: Anne Averbach (homemaker)
Sister: Frances Bay (actress, b. 23-Jan-1919, d. 15-Sep-2011)
Wife: Angelica Choate (one son)
Son: Thomas (physician)
Wife: Gillian Sankoff (one daughter)
Daughter: Alice (sociologist)

    High School: St. John's High School, Winnipeg, Canada (1941)
    University: University of Manitoba (attended, 1941-43)
    University: BA Sociology, University of Toronto (1945)
    University: MA Sociology, University of Chicago (1949)
    University: PhD Sociology, University of Chicago (1953)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof. of Social Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (1958-59)
    Teacher: Assoc. Prof. of Social Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (1959-62)
    Professor: Social Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (1962-68)
    Professor: Ben Franklin Prof. of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (1968-82)

    National Institute of Mental Health Scientist (1954-57)
    National Film Board of Canada (1943-44)
    ASA MacIver Award 1961
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1977-78
    ASA Mead-Cooley Award 1979
    National Book Critics Circle Award 1981, for Forms of Talk
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Anthropological Association
    American Sociological Association President (1981-82)
    Canadian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Russian Ancestry
    Ukrainian Ancestry
    Naturalized US Citizen

Author of books:
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959)
Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates (1961)
Encounters: Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction (1961)
Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity (1963)
Behavior in Public Places: Notes on the Social Organization of Gatherings (1963)
Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior (1967)
Strategic Interaction (1969)
Relations in Public: Micro-Studies of the Public Order (1971)
Frame analysis: An essay on the Organization of Experience (1974)
Gender Advertisements (1979)
Forms of Talk (1981)


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