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Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-To-Face Behavior

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In a brilliant series of books about social behavior, including The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Asylums, and Stigma, Erving Goffman has exposed all that is at stake when people meet face to face. Goffman's work, one of the great intellectual achievements of our time, is an endlessly fascination commentary on how we enact ourselves by our responses to and our rea ...more
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Published June 1st 1981 by Doubleday Books (first published 1967)
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Don't let the 5-star rating get you too eager to read this. It is dry and dense. But that is Erving Goffman for you - he won't add a single sentence that isn't packed with relevance. Not recommended for anyone who doesn't want to feel like a predictable animal.
describes certain rules that even those who scorn society are likely to respect. also a good manual for social skills
There's an essay here called "Embarrassment and Social Organization." Aren't you curious?
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Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.

Considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century" (Fine, Manning, and Smith 2000:ix), as a subjective analyst, Goffman's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical analysis that began with his 1959 book The Present
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“Perhaps the individual is so viable a god because he can actually understand the ceremonial significance of the way he is treated, and quite on his own can respond dramatically to what is proffered him. In contacts between such deities there is no need for middlemen; each of these gods is able to serve as his own priest.” 5 likes
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