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13 January 2018

Famous Sociologist Biography










Full Name: Erving Goffman

Date of Birth: June 11th, 1922, Alberta, Canada

Date of Death: November 19th, 1982, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Personal History:  

      Erving Goffman was born to Max and Anne Goffman. He had one older sibling who was actress. His family were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to Canada after he was born. Before sociology, Groffman first went to school with an interest in chemistry and film.  In 1952, Erving married Angelica Choate and together they had one child. Later, Groffman married Gillian Sankoff, and together they had a daughter.


      St. John’s Technical High School

      University of Manitoba

      University of Toronto

      University of Chicago

      Chicago School of Sociology


      National Institute for Mental Health (Assistant to the Athletic Director)

      Department of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley (Professor)

      University of Pennsylvania

      American Sociological Association (President)

      American Association for the Abolition of Involuntary Mental Hospitalization (Cofounder)

Important works in Sociology:


v  The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1956)

v  Asylums (1961)

v  Encounters (1961)

v  Stigma (1963)

v  Behavior in Public Places (1963)

v  Interaction Ritual ( 1967)

v  Strategic Interaction (1969)

v  Relations in Public (1971)

v  Frame Analysis: An Essay of the Organization of Experience (1974)

v  Replies and Responses (1975)

v  Gender Advertisement (1976)

v  Forms of Talk (1981)

v  The Goffman Reader (?)

v  The Nature of Deference and Demeanor (1956)

v  Where the Action Is (1969)

      Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1969)

      Guggenheim Fellowship (1977 – 78)

      Cooley-Mead Award (1979)

      73rd President of the American Sociological Association (1981-82)

      Presented evidence and theory for social construction of self.


“We are all just actors trying to control and manage our public image, we act based on how others might see us.”

Quote personal meaning: I think Erving’s quote implies that everyone is somewhat very self-conscious, and we all try to do things that others approve of so others won’t judge us. People fake smiles and emotions so other people will like us.






      “Crossman, Ashley. “The Life and Works of Famed Sociologist Erving Goffman.” ThoughtCo, www.thoughtco.com/erving-goffman-3026489.”

      “Erving Goffman > Quotes.” Erving Goffman Quotes (Author of The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life), www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/149.Erving_Goffman.



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