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Behavior in Public Places: Notes on the Social Organization of Gatherings

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Erving Goffman effectively extends his argument in favor of a diagnosis of deviant behavior which takes account of the whole social situation.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 1st 1966 by Free Press (first published May 1st 1963)
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Sep 05, 2008 marked it as to-read
Just bought this from the thrift store down the street, the one that looks like it smells like cat. The book smells fine though.
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Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A book that would be read by many more people if it were renamed 'Muggle Studies.' Well worth the time. ...more
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انتهت رحلتي الشّاقة في الترجمة التي امتدت لسنة،
والنسخة العربية قريبًا إن شاء الله.
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Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This predates Google Plus's "Circles" by years. The public and private spheres are intersecting. So, how to behave in public spaces? Behave well. Rules to live by. ...more
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You never know when someone is watching your behaviour in public places .. in the 60s a sociologist was observing, noting and published a book! This was Goffman. I have NO idea if I'll write a review of this work one day, but all my notes/citations are available, they can give you 'glimpse' of what this 'report' (as Goffman says) is about. All I can say that the part where Erving highlighted the similarities between disengagement outside mental illnes hospitals and inside them, was one of the st ...more
May 25, 2007 marked it as to-read
WHOA! This book looks so fascinating! When and why is it ok to look in a mirror/at your reflection in a window? How is that gendered? Eye contact--all the subtleties of the rules we follow.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
An extremely challenging read. It reads like a human trying to explain to an alien human social behavior in painfully simple terms - assuming the alien understands English. Numerous times I read and rerread the same paragraph only to discover the author was trying to describe an incredibly simple phenomenon. However, at the time, I’m sure the text was very groundbreaking and has no doubt carved a path for future sociologists.

The text outlines the rules for social behavior that we often take for
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I was only mildly impressed with this book. The book was about behaviour in public places and I mean it covered a whole lot of public paces from hospitals, to restaurants to cafes to wakes to sports event … it’s pretty comprehensive but in all honesty, there was not that much there that really wowed me in terms of insight! The book had chapters on topics such as involvement, engagements of the face, acquaintances, communication boundaries, regulation of mutual involvement, participation, situati ...more
Tara Brabazon
Jul 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Of all Goffman's books, this one has not dated well. The strengths of the research involve exploring the nature of "inappropriate" behaviour. There is also attention the consequences of not abiding by rules. The "regulation of involvement" and "normative assumptions" are well revealed.

The attention to sexuality - and sexual assumptions - is poor. But the regulation of communication is excellent.

Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
"We find that OUT little inhibitions are carefully tied into a network, that the waste products of our serious activities are worked into a pattern, and that this network and this pattern are made to carry important social functions. Surely this is a credit to the thoroughness with which our lives are pressed into the service of society." ...more
Dopo aver letto certi libri... per un po' guardi il mondo in modo diverso. ...more
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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 Presen

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