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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (Jan. 12 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394706315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394706313
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Thompson on Jan. 25 2004
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Edgar Schein recommended this book, so I read it. I'm glad I did. Goffman is fascinated by what happens when people engage one another face-to-face, and the essays in this book synthesize many years of observation, research and deep thinking on this topic. There is much to learn in the book, and it's even well-written and filled with interesting anecdotes that illustrate his points.
However, the book was written at a time when psychologists made no distinction between the social actiions of men and women. In this book, "a person" is always male. It's easy to see that the book was written long before Deborah Tannen came along, and it suffers from that.
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Classic Text Nov. 6 2009
By S. Pactor - Published on Amazon.com
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People call Goffman a sociologist, but the more I read of him, the more I see him as a philosopher. I mean, George Herbert Mead is considered a philosopher and not a sociologist, right? In my day-to-day life, I find Goffman's observations about ritual human behavior and face-to-face interaction to be endlessly useful. Almost every day I think about something he's written in one of his books. His style is not overly pedantic, and you can read through any of his books without specialized education.

Sure, the 50s/60s examples he gives are sort of dated, but so what- we all watch Mad Men, don't we?
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Goffman's Classic Theory May 30 2011
By J. Smallridge - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not as profound as some of his other works, but it is important nonetheless. Goffman's understanding about interactions and how society shapes them, and learns from them, is as applicable in 2011 as it was 50 years ago.
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Essential reading. July 16 2013
By Michael H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Supremely helpful not only in its insight into social reality, but in its terms and models for studying literature, drama, film, even video games.
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Needs a 21st-century filter Jan. 25 2004
By Marcy L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Edgar Schein recommended this book, so I read it. I'm glad I did. Goffman is fascinated by what happens when people engage one another face-to-face, and the essays in this book synthesize many years of observation, research and deep thinking on this topic. There is much to learn in the book, and it's even well-written and filled with interesting anecdotes that illustrate his points.
However, the book was written at a time when psychologists made no distinction between the social actiions of men and women. In this book, "a person" is always male. It's easy to see that the book was written long before Deborah Tannen came along, and it suffers from that.
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Seminal Work April 28 2009
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Good seminal work by Goffman. It includes one of Goffman's most noted pieces: "On Face-Work," originally published in Psychiatry: Journal for the Study of Interpersonal Processes.

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