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Erving Goffman

(1922–82) The most influential micro-sociologist during the 1960s and 1970s, Goffman pioneered the dramaturgical perspective for sociology. The influences on his work were many. ...

Sociology.

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Robert C. Bannister

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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1,198 words

...commissioned by President Herbert Hoover ; and “symbolic interactionism,” so named in 1937 by Herbert Blumer , building on the work of Chicago philosopher George Herbert Mead. Symbolic interactionism continued to flourish into the post– World War II Era, for example, in Erving Goffman's popular study The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life ( 1959 ). Although the Columbia sociology department declined during the 1920s, its influence continued through the work of its graduates at Minnesota ( F. Stuart Chapin ), North Carolina ( Howard Odum ),...

Disability Rights Movement

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Kim E. Nielsen

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

...own lives for decades previous. The disability rights movement also argues that disability is not simply a medical, bodily grounded condition. Indeed, it has sometimes directly challenged medical authority to define disability. Using the work of intellectual theorists such as Erving Goffman, Jacobus tenBroek, and Irving Kenneth Zola, activists have argued that disability is also a social condition of discrimination and unmerited stigma. Such discrimination and stigma needlessly harms and restricts the lives of those with disabilities and results in economic...

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Mark C. Smith

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

...influenced all contemporary disciplines. Although agreeing with postmodernists that all conventional systems of belief are arbitrary, many Americans find the work of the social psychologist George Herbert Mead ( 1863–1931 ) and especially the symbolic interactionist Erving Goffman ( 1922–1982 ) more amenable to their relativistic beliefs. American postmodernism has criticized past universal constructs such as Robert Park 's theory of racial development and modernization theory. One contemporary American theorist has used the metaphor that American...

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C. Steiner Michael

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

...dynamics of personal space and territoriality and how people in various cultures shape nature and arrange themselves in space. In a related example of microregionalism, sociologist Erving Goffman in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life ( 1959 ) examined how social performances take place in a sequence of tightly bounded and highly scripted behavioral regions. Goffman and Hall's theories reveal regionalism at its most basic level, underscoring how territoriality, personal space, and behavioral stages are primary components of larger regional...

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