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The Contemporary Goffman

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen


382 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The sociology of Erving Goffman has inspired generations of sociologists throughout the world. Students and scholars alike have in Goffman’s unsurpassable and generous ability to capture the world of everyday life discovered an emporium of useful, incisive and quite often humorous analyses, concepts and ideas. The Contemporary Goffman highlights the continued relevance of Goffman to sociology and related disciplines – to theoretical discussions as well as to substantive empirical research – through contributions dealing with a variety of topics and themes. Some contributions concentrate on locating or reinterpreting Goffman’s work as a special kind of sociology (as is found in his literary sensibilities or his fieldwork strategies). Others focus on overlooked aspects and neglected potentials of his sociology (by applying his perspective to studies of gender, emotions and violence), while others still relate his concepts and ideas to substantive research areas (such as the media, mobile telephones, hospitals, surveillance technologies and tourism).


"…The Contemporary Goffman offers much insight and commentary on the world of Goffman, and will stimulate anybody to consider the breadth of analysis and application that this world offers. It also makes a vigorous case for viewing the oeuvre as truly original in sociology, and Goffman himself as one of its most creative, if not finest, writers." —Jim Cosgrave, Trent University, Canadian Journal of Sociology 35, 4

"…this collection as a whole and especially by way of part 3 demonstrates what a number of the authors assert—that Goffman’s work remains as fresh now as it was in his own time."—American Journal of Sociology, volume 117, number 1 (1 July 2011), Douglas W. Maynard, University of Wisconsin, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Goffman Through the Looking Glass: From ‘Classical’ to Contemporary Goffman Michael Hviid Jacobsen. Dissecting Goffman 1. Goffman’s Greenings Yves Winkin 2. Labelling Goffman: The Presentation and Appropriation of Erving Goffman in Academic Life Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Søren Kristiansen 3. Continuities in Goffman: The Interaction Order Peter K. Manning 4. Goffman’s Textuality: Literary Sensibilities and Sociological Rhetorics Greg Smith and Michael Hviid Jacobsen 5. Goffman, Still: Spoiled Identities and Sociological Irony Charles Lemert. Reframing Goffman 6. Reconsidering Gender Advertisements: Performativity, Framing and Display Greg Smith 7. A New Goffman: Robert W. Fuller’s Politics of Dignity Thomas J. Scheff 8. Recognition as Ritualised Reciprocation: The Interaction Order as a Realm of Recognition Michael Hviid Jacobsen 9. The Protean Goffman: Erving Goffman and the New Individualism Ann Branaman. Expanding Goffman 10. The 21st-Century Interaction Order Richard Jenkins 11. The ‘Unboothed’ Phone: Goffman and the Use of Mobile Communication Rich Ling 12. The Question of Calculation: Erving Goffman and the Pervasive Planning of Communication Espen Ytreberg 13. Goffman and the Tourist Gaze: A Performative Perspective on Tourism Mobilities Jonas Larsen 14. Erving Goffman and Everyday Life Mobility Ole B. Jensen 15. Close Strangers: Patient-Patient Interaction Rituals in Acute Care Hospitals Dag Album

About the Editor

Michael Hviid Jacobsen is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Organisation at Aalborg University, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General