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Relations in Public Hardcover – 30 Sep 1971
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About the Author
Erving Goffman was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania until his death in 1982. He is recognized as one of the world's foremost social theorists and much of his work still remains in print. Among his classic books are The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life; Interaction Ritual; Stigma; Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity; and Frame Analysis. William B. Helmreich is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and City College. He has written Against All Odds, The Enduring Community, Saving Children, and The Things They Say Behind Your Back all available from Transaction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
T. O. Whitehead
Entrancing, otherworldly study of human behavior.
9 December 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
This book is a phenomenally insightful analysis of human interaction and social mores. Lucidly written, it is shocking and unsettling - because it provides the rare experience of examining ourselves objectively. Studying and understanding our own behavior is perhaps the greatest challenge we can face. We have trouble seeing the forest because we are ourselves the trees. The reader of this book is prompted to wonder how Goffman was able to achieve enough distance from the fabric of his own society to enable him to describe our ordinary day-to-day interactions with such crystalline detachment. He brings to the study of humanity the same kind of clearsightedness that other scientifically gifted observers bring to the study of animals. His observations prompt a variety of insights. For example, his section on "the remedial interchange," focusing on boundary violations and their correction, helps us to understand the immense importance of our societally-supported boundary system, and the basis and purpose of our entire legal system. I first read this book as a graduate student, and still refer to it frequently. A wonderful read!
18 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Had to buy this book for a class. A bit dense and not fun to read. The language is outdated but Goffman is worth reading because his ideas on social interaction and social order are widely accepted and still applicable.
Greetings and Salutations!
26 May 1998 - Published on Amazon.com
11 people found this helpful.
This is a phenominal book on social interactions and situations therein. I did a graduate thesis on adolescent greeting and salutations and this was absolutely vital to the study. Goffman uses cumbersome but quite entertaining footnotes all over the place. (some pages have more footnotes than actual writing) He focuses and those interchanges that are supportive and then remedial and analyzes all the little quirks contained within. It is a very well done study, and very well written.