Cooling the Mother out – Out on Early View of Symbolic Interaction

As the response to the recent publication of the “Erving Goffman” Special Issue of our journal has shown there is a strong interest in the Canadian sociologist even 30 years after his death. This interest also is reflected in articles like Gareth M. Thomas’ “Cooling the Mother Out: Revisting and Revising Goffman’s Account” that has just been published on Early View. In his article Thomas takes up Goffman’s metaphor of “cooling the mark out” to explore how mothers with a child that has Down’s syndrome make sense the diagnosis of their child and use the interpretation of the diagnosis as basis for the definition of their new situation.

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