A in 1949 and phd in 1953 at UofC Became associated with the chicago school

A in 1949 and phd in 1953 at uofc became associated

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Completed his M.A. in 1949 and ph.d in 1953 at UofC - Became associated with the chicago school Marriage and Family - Married a fellow student that he met at UofC and married in 1952 - Had a son named Tom - His wife suffered from a mental illness and it became worse and worse and eventually she commited suicide in 1964 - He became a single parent to their son after his wife died University Career - Spent a few years at UofC - Eventually moved on from there - In 1958 he took a position as a “visiting professor” at the University of California at Berkeley (1958) - His career developed quiet rapidly - In 1959 he published Presentation of Self in Everyday Life o Was an expanded version of his ph.d dissertation o He prepared and developed a general theory of “face to face interaction” o His career advanced after the publication of this book - Promoted to “full professor” in 1962 - Published Stigma in 1963 o He tried to extend his ideas from presentation of self in everyday life and apply them to the phenomena of STIGMA - A little bit after that he moved to the University of Pennsylvania and offered an endowed chair in 1968 - Continued to write and publish and develop theoretical ideas - Published Frame Analysis in 1974 - Best known for Presentation of self in everyday life, Sitgma, and Frame Later Life and Death - Goffman did eventually remarry in 1981 - Married Canadian sociolinguist Gillian Sankoff in 1981 - Had a daughter Alice in 1982 - He was elected president of the American Sociological Association in 1982 - Prepared his address however months after he was unable to present it because he was dying - Died in 1982 at the age of 60, months after his daughter was born - Alice Goffman decided to continue in her fathers research, she became a sociologist and is a sociology professor at the university of Wisconsin o Her work differs greatly from her dads Theoretical Ideas of Goffman - Took symbolic interactionalism in a very different direction than Mead
Dramaturgical Theory - Sees social life as a series of Dramatic Performances which are similar to performances on a theatre stage - His idea in everyday life people give performances - In these performances that we give people present a certain view of their self - His entire inspiration to this theory was William Shakespeare o “all the world’s a stage, and all the men ad women are merely players” William Shakespeare, As You Like It o That sparked his analogy to the theatre - We will hear a lot about the: actor, the role, the performance, the stage, the script etc. (all part of his analogy of the theatre) A. Role - Role is the conduct expected of a person occupying a given position - This conduct/behaviour is determined by a societies norms and values - These norms and values provide what is essentially the script that the social actor must carry out when play a particular role - EXAMPLE GOFFMAN USED à Waiter o The waiter must behave in a respectful manner towards customers Role Performance - This refers to the social actors actual conduct when playing a role - Social actor may stick to the script provided by societies norms and values o E.g. Being respectful towards the customers -

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