Category Archives: Goffman

Introduction to Special Issue on “Stigma” #sssi #goffman #sociology

In 2018, Thaddaeus Mueller organized the Couch-Stone Symposium/European SSSI Conference at Lancaster University. The title of the conference was “‘Whose Side Are We On?’ Power, Stigma, Transgression, and Exclusion in Everyday Life”. Based on contribution to the conference Thaddaeus Mueller … Continue reading

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New Article on Early View – Wagner et al. on Neutralization Techniques by Gamblers #sssi #sociology

Gambling is often conceived as a major social problem as it entails huge cost for individuals and their families as well as for society. Jascha Wagner and colleagues have undertaken a fascinating study exploring the techniques that gamblers use to … Continue reading

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New article on Early View: ‘The Importance of ’empty gestures’ in Recovery’ #sssi #sociology

A new article has been published on Early View of Symbolic Interaction. In her paper “The Importance of ’empty gestures’ in Recover: Being Human Together” Astrid Skatvedt investigates the social processes through which ‘everydayness’ is accomplished in healthcare. Members of … Continue reading

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Free Access to Symbolic Interaction Special Issue on Erving Goffman #sssi #sociology

In February 2014, Symbolic Interaction published a Special Issue on Erving Goffman. As students return and everybody is getting ready for the new academic year the Special Issue might offer some good reading material, not only for sociology professors. The … Continue reading

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Shyness and Interactionism #sssi #sociology #museums #shyness

On its website the BBC discusses Joe Moran’s latest book “Shrinking Violets” in which the cultural historian explores shyness in politics, literature and psychology. The discussion neatly dovetails with Susie Scott and colleague’s article “Goffman in the Gallery: Interactive Art … Continue reading

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February 2016 Issue of Symbolic Interaction is OUT! #sssi #sociology

Symbolic Interaction Volume 39, Number 1 – February 2016 CONTENTS ARTICLES ‘‘I’m the Next American Idol’’: Cooling Out, Accounts, and Perseverance at Reality Talent Show Auditions by Junhow Wei ‘‘I am a cheerleader, but secretly I deal drugs’’ Authenticity through Concealment and Disclosure by … Continue reading

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On Early View Andreas Bischoff’s review of Winking & Leeds-Hurwitz’s book on Goffman

As the reception of our Special Issue on ‘Erving Goffman’ edited by Dmitri Shalin demonstrated there is an enormous interest in Goffman’s work and a need to (re-)examine his analyses  also in light of his biography. This interest in Goffman’s work also is … Continue reading

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Mervyn Horgan’s Review of “Drama of Social Life” edited by Charles Edgley #sssi

I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute to Charles Edgley’s fabulous edited volume “Drama of Social Life”. In the most recent (November 2014) issue of Symbolic Interaction Melvyn Horgan reviews Edgley’s volume. He highlights in particular the unconventional departure … Continue reading

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New Article by Ditte Andersen: “Giving Clients a Backstage Experience: A Case of Dramaturgical Trouble in the Professional Performance of Drug Treatment”

Ditte Andersen’s article, just published on Early View, explores the role of clients and professionals in achieving change through drug treatment.  Abstract Professionals who provide drug treatment to young people seek to approach clients as agents of change, i.e., highlight … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Goffman Special Issue out!

Symbolic Interaction has just published a Special Issue on Erving Goffman. Foreword to Special Issue on Erving Goffman (page 1) Robert Dingwall Interfacing Biography, Theory and History: The Case of Erving Goffman (pages 2–40) Dmitri N. Shalin When Erving Goffman … Continue reading

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Goffman Special Issue: “Goffman on Gender, Sexism, and Feminism: A Summary of Notes on a Conversation with Erving Goffman and My Reflections Then and Now” by Mary Jo Deegan

In 1977 Mary Jo Deegan had the opportunity to talk with Erving Goffman about gender, sexism and feminism. Her contribution “Goffman on Gender, Sexism, and Feminism: A Summary of Notes on a Conversation with Erving Goffman and My Reflections Then … Continue reading

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Goffman Special Issue: “Goffman at Penn: Star Presence, Teacher-Mentor, Profaning Jester” by Michael Delaney

Michael Delaney was a student of Erving Goffman at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1970s. In his contribution “Goffman at Penn” to the Special Issue on Goffman Delaney reflects on Goffman’s teaching style and engagement with students at … Continue reading

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On Early View- Dimitri Shalin – “Goffman on Mental Illness: Asylums and “The Insanity of Place” Revisited”

Just out on Early View is Dimitri’s Shalin‘s analysis of Goffman’s ‘The Insanity of Place’. In his article Shalin uses biographical information about Goffman and his family to reexamine Goffman’s analysis of mental illness and mental institutions. For the analysis … Continue reading

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Another article on Goffman: When Goffman was a boy

Sherri Cavan, a former student of Erving Goffman, has just published an article in Symbolic Interaction that situates and relates back Goffman’s development of concepts like stigma and impression management to his biographical circumstances and his social position as an … Continue reading

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Goffman Special Issue taking Shape: Dimitri Shalin’s article “Interfacing Biography” on Early View of Symbolic Interaction

With the publication of Dimitri Shalin’s article “Interfacing Biography, Theory and History: The Case of Erving Goffman” the Special Issue concerned with Erving Goffman begins to take shape. In his article that has just been published on Early View, Shalin … Continue reading

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