Goffman Unbound!: A New Paradigm for Social Science

Goffman Unbound!: A New Paradigm for Social Science

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Goffman Unbound!: A New Paradigm for Social Science

"Thomas Scheff demonstrates why Goffman remains such a key figure for social scientists. Goffman may have been cautious about recognizing the role of emotions in social life, but Scheff boldly and creatively shows why the sociological and the psychological are necessarily intertwined. This is certainly a book for all serious analysts of social behaviour." Michael Billig, Nottingham University "Scheff's critical eye is equal to his subject,
shrewdly appreciating Goffman's many virtues while also showing where and how Goffman's thinking needs revision and development. This original and provocative book offers a fresh interpretation of Goffman and will become a benchmark for all subsequent commentary." Greg Smith, University of Salford 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594511950
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: The Sociological Imagination
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction: The Life and Work of Genius II. The Goffman Style: Deconstructing Society and Social Science III. Looking-Glass Self: Goffman as Symbolic Interactionist IV. Goffman's World of Emotions V. The Structure of Context: Deciphering Frame Analysis VI. Building an Onion: Alternatives to Biopsychiatry VII. What Is The Thing Called Love? The Three A's: Attachment, Attunement, and Attraction VIII. Hatred as Shame and Rage? IX. Human Bonds: Love, Pride, and Shame X. Masculinity and Emotions: The Silence/Violence Pattern XI. A Theory of Runaway Nationalism XII. Conclusion

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