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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (14 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140124756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140124750
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erving Goffman (1922-1982) was one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century. He was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Greeks, who were apparently strong on visual aids, originated the term stigma to refer to bodily signs designed to expose something unusual and bad about the moral status of the signifier. Read the first page
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 1999
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For those not familiar with Goffman's work he is the acceptable face of Sociology. He avoids the bogus science which has given the whole enterprise a bad name but captures the essence of what makes the study of social interraction so fascinating. The Stigmas covered include disabilities, social deviance or sexual orientation. Stigma proposes a basic principle: That the stigmatised individual has a simple choice regarding the attributes that he or she has that makes them different. They can either control the information by not letting so called 'normals' i.e. everyone else, know what their secret is if its not obviously visible; or they can let it be known and manage the resulting tension. They can 'pass' i.e. pretend to be normal while harbouring the knowledge that their stigma makes them distinct and different. It is Goffman's extraordinary insight and accurate description that makes his brand of Sociology so engaging. You will read this and say 'Aha' when you recognise that things you thought only you had observed in the minutely detailed interplay of human relations have been bagged, tagged and described in the most accurate and well documented manner. Nobody should go through life without at least once dipping in to the sharply observed world of this great 20th century observer.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on 22 April 2004
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Although this is a slim book it is more rich in detail and insight thanmany texts twice its size. Goffman is both a genius and a brilliantwriter. His theory is clearly elucidated throughout the text by real lifeanecdotes. The book opens with a letter to a "lonelyhearts" column from agirl "born without a nose" which concludes "Ought I commit suicide?" Thissets the tone for a book that pulls no punches and comprehensively addresses the alienation of those different from what is perceived to be"normal". I hope that this text is being promoted at secondary schoollevel, and it is certainly essential reading for anyone whose workinvolves dealing with people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2013
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Goffman wrote a seminal book about Stigma which connects more to Foucualt than Marx in his perception of how institions such as prisons, psychiatrists as well as communities pass judgement upon what constitutes the norm and what is outside it. In this respect, Goffman also connects to Bourdieu's habitus.

Looking at homosexuality and the stigma applied, which has not been entirely erased - along with prostitution, disability and race, he ranges across the big themes that were to dominate the late 1970's as Gay rights, Women's Rights, Civil Rights and Disability Rights all changed the world due to the stigmas they faced. Goffman's book, handed out on sociology courses must have lit the touchpaper, because here was someone inhabiting the skin of those who were ostracised and providing a language of expression previously denied. This is one of those little slim volumes written by US academics that just lit up the world during this era. Howard Becker is another.

Goffman fuses psychology with sociology to transcend the bland theorising of both to deliver something which offers hope to those who have been castigated. Some of the language is non PC, but try reading Mark Twain.

Within this book are more ideas than most can put together in a life time. Reflecting upon them you can see how the world has changed, but you can also wince, because these labels are no longer applied to women, blacks and disabled but they are used against the homeless, the drug user, alcoholic and the criminal. These people have been cast adrift by the "normals" along with the sex worker who still hangs out with the Bohemians, so the world has shifted its....a little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Banshee on 21 Nov 2012
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I found this book when I searched under Disability. I hadn't read many other books on the topic before, but I felt this one covered the issue of how everyone deals with 'the elephant in the room' in social situations. It considered how disabled and non-disabled people view the disability and what each thinks the other might think. So that was interesting. The book wasn't solely concerned with disability and also dealt with other stigmatised groups (criminals, for instance). But I did feel the language (the word 'cripple' came up several times) was a bit un-PC for the 21st century (I think the book was written in the early 1960s). And the attitude to homosexuality is also outmoded.
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By Jules1968 on 3 Mar 2014
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I bought this book for research reasons and have been able to use many quotes from it.

Arrived on time and in good condition
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Great quality book in every way. Goffman's work is a must read! Great for student and not too hard a read!
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Really pleased with this book as its a key read for my degree course and goffman uses examples to explain his theories making it a very interesting read
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By Ronnie on 14 Mar 2013
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This book is very interesting. Anyone working on stigma should read it as Goffman is very useful in this area. The price was good and it was in great condition.
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