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Erving Goffman

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ERVING GOFFMAN is the author of, among other works, Interaction Ritual, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Asylums, and Stigma. He is Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates
Written by Erving Goffman

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 1961
Price: $17.95

Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"-closed worlds such as prisons, army camps, and nursing homes-where inmates are regimented, surrounded by other inmates, and unable to leave the premises. Special attention is given to mental hospitals, drawing on years of field work by the author and focusing on the... Read more >

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Interaction Ritual

Written by Erving Goffman

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 12, 1982
Price: $10.40

Goffman's collection of essays on face-to-face behavior is an examination of people in risky occupations and situations: gamblers, criminals, coal miners, stock speculators; Goffman astounds us with the unexpected richness and complexity of brief encounters between people. These exreme cases are of interest because of the light they shed on the... Read more >

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The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Written by Erving Goffman

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 20, 1959
Price: $15.95

"One of the most trenchant contributions to social psychology in this generation" —American Journal of Sociology

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
, a notable contribution to our understanding of ourselves, explores the realm of human behavior in social situations and the way we appear to others. Dr. Goffman uses the metaphor... Read more >
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