Goffman Unbound!: A New Paradigm for Social Science / Edition 1

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Overview

One of the seminal sociologists of the twentieth century, Erving Goffman revolutionized our understanding of the microworld of emotions and relationships. We all live in this world every day of our lives, yet it is virtually invisible to us. Goffman's genius was to recognize and describe this world as no one had before.

The book synthesizes prior scholarly commentary on Goffman's work, and includes biographical material from his life, untangling some of the many puzzles in Goffman's work and life. Scheff also proposes ways of filling gaps and false starts. One chapter explores the meaning of the emotion of love, another of hatred. These and other new directions could facilitate the creation of a microsocial science that unveils the emotional/relational world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594511967
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: The Sociological Imagination
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Scheff Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has published many books and articles, including Goffman Unbound: Toward a New Microsociology (Paradigm 2006).

Bernard Phillips taught at the University of North Carolina and Illinois before teaching at Boston University. He is author most recently of Armageddon or Evolution? The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems (Paradigm 2008).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the life and work of genius 1
2 The Goffman style : deconstructing society and social science 15
3 Looking-glass self : Goffman as symbolic interactionist 33
4 Goffman's world of emotions 51
5 The structure of context : deciphering frame analysis 73
6 Building an onion : alternatives to biopsychiatry 93
7 What is this thing called love? : the three A's : attachment, attunement, and attraction 111
8 Hatred as shame and rage? 125
9 Human bonds : love, pride, and shame 141
10 Masculinity and emotions : the silence/violence pattern 161
11 A theory of runaway nationalism 183
12 Conclusion 197
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