There currently is a substantial renewed interest in Goffman and his work on the interaction order and stigma. On September 27th 2013, a conference “Goffman and the Interaction Order: 30 years on” will be held at Cardiff University. One of speakers at the conference, Susie Scott (University of Surrey) has recently published “Goffman in the Gallery” in which she explores people’s shyness when encountering interactive art in museums.
Shyness has been the topic of an earlier article, “The Red, Shaking Fool” by Susie Scott in our journal. By drawing on Goffman’s analysis of stigma she manages to claw back shyness as a subject of sociological study from psychology. In a similar way, various contributions to Hannem and Bruckert’s edited volume “Stigma Revisited: Implications of The Mark” that Chris Conner has reviewed for Symbolic Interaction.
These events and papers foreshadow the publication of a Special Issue concerned with Goffman, his legacy and influence that will be published in Symbolic Interaction early in 2014,