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Erving Goffman

1922 - 1982

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Erving Goffman (11 June 1922 – 19 November 1982) was a Canadian-born American sociologist, social psychologist, and writer, considered by some "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century".In 2007, The Times Higher Education Guide listed him as the sixth most-cited author of books in the humanities and social sciences.Goffman was the 73rd president of the American Sociological Association. His best-known contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction. This took the form of dramaturgical analysis, beginning with his 1956 book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erving Goffman has received more than 1,552,146 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Erving Goffman is the 8th most popular sociologist, the 8th most popular biography from Canada and the most popular Canadian Sociologist.

Erving Goffman is most famous for his book "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life." In this book, he argues that social life is a performance, and that people are constantly presenting themselves to others in different ways.

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Among sociologists, Erving Goffman ranks 8 out of 54Before him are Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, Robert K. Merton, Georg Simmel, and Talcott Parsons. After him are Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, Niklas Luhmann, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Ulrich Beck.

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Among people born in 1922, Erving Goffman ranks 15Before him are Ava Gardner, Pierre Cardin, Erich Hartmann, Franjo Tuđman, Hiroo Onoda, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. After him are Jack Kerouac, Emil Zátopek, Christiaan Barnard, Gérard Philipe, Imre Lakatos, and Aage Bohr. Among people deceased in 1982, Erving Goffman ranks 14Before him are Arthur Rubinstein, Roman Jakobson, Henry Fonda, Philip K. Dick, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, and Anna Freud. After him are Vasily Chuikov, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jacques Tati, Glenn Gould, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, and Barack Obama Sr..

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Among people born in Canada, Erving Goffman ranks 8 out of 1,350Before him are Albert Bandura (1925), Leslie Nielsen (1926), Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874), Donald Sutherland (1935), James Naismith (1861), and Justin Trudeau (1971). After him are Jim Carrey (1962), Frank Gehry (1929), Alice Munro (1931), Marshall McLuhan (1911), Christopher Plummer (1929), and James Cameron (1954).


Among sociologists born in Canada, Erving Goffman ranks 1After him are Ernest Burgess (1886).