Erving Goffman

1922 - 1982

Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman (11 June 1922 – 19 November 1982) was a Canadian-born 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, behind Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, and Anthony Giddens, and ahead of Jürgen Habermas.Goffman was the 73rd president of the American Sociological Association. His best-known contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erving Goffman has received more than 1,037,064 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular sociologist.

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Among sociologists, Erving Goffman ranks 7 out of 47Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, Georg Simmel, and Talcott Parsons. After him are Anthony Giddens, Robert K. Merton, Norbert Elias, Niklas Luhmann, Marcel Mauss, and Karl Mannheim.

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Among people born in 1922, Erving Goffman ranks 17Before him are Erich Hartmann, Jack Kerouac, Franjo Tuđman, Emil Zátopek, Ava Gardner, and Aage Bohr. After him are Pierre Cardin, Christiaan Barnard, Gérard Philipe, Hiroo Onoda, Kurt Vonnegut, and Alain Resnais. Among people deceased in 1982, Erving Goffman ranks 14Before him are Henry Fonda, Roman Jakobson, Philip K. Dick, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, and Arthur Rubinstein. After him are Vasily Chuikov, Jacques Tati, Glenn Gould, Barack Obama Sr., Gala Dalí, and Khalid of Saudi Arabia.

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Among people born in Canada, Erving Goffman ranks 9 out of 840Before him are Alice Munro (1931), Albert Bandura (1925), Frank Gehry (1929), Christopher Plummer (1929), Donald Sutherland (1935), and Marshall McLuhan (1911). After him are Jim Carrey (1962), James Cameron (1954), Justin Trudeau (1971), Glenn Gould (1932), Eric Berne (1910), and Margaret Atwood (1939).


Among sociologists born in Canada, Erving Goffman ranks 1

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