Erving Goffman

1922 - 1982

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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 1,271,809 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Erving Goffman is the 8th most popular sociologist (down from 7th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Canada (up from 9th in 2019) 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, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, and Robert K. Merton. After him are Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, Karl Mannheim, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Niklas Luhmann.

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Among people born in 1922, Erving Goffman ranks 13Before him are Thomas Kuhn, Norodom Sihanouk, Franjo Tuđman, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Erich Hartmann, and Ava Gardner. After him are Jack Kerouac, Emil Zátopek, Pierre Cardin, Gérard Philipe, Hiroo Onoda, and Aage Bohr. Among people deceased in 1982, Erving Goffman ranks 13Before him are Henry Fonda, Grace Kelly, Anna Freud, Roman Jakobson, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, and Philip K. Dick. After him are Arthur Rubinstein, Vasily Chuikov, Barack Obama Sr., Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Jacques Tati, and Karl von Frisch.

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Among people born in Canada, Erving Goffman ranks 8 out of 1,130Before him are Leslie Nielsen (1926), Albert Bandura (1925), Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874), Donald Sutherland (1935), Marshall McLuhan (1911), and James Naismith (1861). After him are Alice Munro (1931), Frank Gehry (1929), Justin Trudeau (1971), Christopher Plummer (1929), James Cameron (1954), and Jim Carrey (1962).


Among sociologists born in Canada, Erving Goffman ranks 1