His best-known contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction. This took the form of dramaturgical analysisbeginning with his book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. His major areas of study included the sociology of everyday lifesocial interactionthe social construction of self, social organization framing of experience, and particular elements of social life such as total institutions and stigmas.
Hughes was the "most influential of his teachers", according to Tom Burns. Goffman does break from his connection with George Herbert Mead and Herbert Blumer in that while he does not reject the way in which individuals perceive themselves, he was more interested in the actual physical proximity or the "interaction order" that molds the self Individuals present images of themselves based on how society thinks they should act in a particular situation.
This decision on how to act is decided based on the concept of definition of the situation.
The definition are all predetermined and individuals choose how they will act by choosing the proper behavior for the social situation they are in. Goffman draws from William Thomas for this concept as well. Thomas believed that people are born into a particular social class and so the definitions of the situations that they will encounter have been previously defined for them At the same time, the person that the individual is interacting with attempts to form an impression of, and obtain information about, the individual.
Society is not homogeneous; we must act differently in different settings. This recognition led Goffman to his dramaturgical analysis.
He saw a connection between the kinds of "acts" that people put on in their daily lives and theatrical performances.
In a social interaction, as in a theatrical performance, there is an onstage area where actors individuals appear before the audience; this is where positive self-concepts and desired impressions are offered. But there is, as well, a backstage — a hidden, private area where individuals can be themselves and drop their societal roles and identities.
Asylums book Goffman is sometimes credited with having in coined the term "total institution",  though Fine and Manning note that he had heard it in lectures by Everett Hughes  in reference to any type of institution in which people are treated alike and in which behavior is regulated.
Some Notes on the Vicissitudes of the Tinkering Trades".
He draws distinctions between several types of public gatherings "gatherings", "situations", "social occasions" and types of audiences acquainted versus unacquainted. Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity examines how, to protect their identities when they depart from approved standards of behavior or appearance, people manage impressions of themselves — mainly through concealment.
Stigma pertains to the shame that a person may feel when he or she fails to meet other people's standards, and to the fear of being discredited — which causes the individual not to reveal his or her shortcomings. Thus, a person with a criminal record may simply withhold that information from fear of being judged by whomever that person happens to encounter.
Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior is a collection of six Goffman essays. The first four were originally published in the s, the fifth inand the last was written for the collection. Goffman believes that face "as a sociological construct of interaction, is neither inherent in nor a permanent aspect of the person".
Inconsistency in how a person projects him or herself in society risks embarrassment and discrediting. Therefore, people remain guarded, to ensure that they do not show themselves to others in an unfavorable light. It discusses the compatibility of game theory with the legacy of the Chicago School of sociology and with the perspective of symbolic interactionism.
It is one of his few works that clearly engage with that perspective. Goffman's view on game theory was shaped by the works of Thomas Schelling.Goffman is considered by many as one of the most influential representatives of symbolic interaction theory.
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Erving Goffman: A Biography. June 11, was a day that would change the world of sociology forever. This was the day that Erving Manual Goffman, czar of human interaction, was born. Goffman grew up in Dauphin, Alberta, Can esident of the American Sociological Association from till his death in of stomach cancer.