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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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Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
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.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
This was a fairly interesting book. The book is about the face to face rituals we inadvertently slip into when we are put into various different social situations. It reminded me of Gestalt psychology in many places as a theme overall but some of Erving’s insights are quite interesting. There is a section in the middle of the book which I just skimmed through about gambling and the psychological intricacies and rituals that go on with that, which I just found a little boring as I’m not intereste ...more
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
describes certain rules that even those who scorn society are likely to respect. also a good manual for social skills
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the short time given to read the book for the purpose of my class analysis on journal article, I appreciated the detail observation and analysis from Goffman and how he carefully define each situation and emotions involved in social interaction. I'll admit I skipped some pages due to its meticulous explanation on something that I'll understand in a whoop should Goffman just put down his linguistic scalpel and give my brain a rest. I enjoy the reading of this book, however, I noticed tha ...more
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I was assigned a portion of this book to read during graduate school. Finally, over a decade later I went back and read the entire thing.

It's definitely an interesting book. Symbolic interactionism, OTOH, I find to be a very limited research program for understanding the world.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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