The World’s a Stage

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Erving Goffman

I seem, unwittingly, to have taken the summer off. But the reading never stops and so it’s time to turn to the backlog.

Goffman_selfThe reading lists of my undergraduate years were filled with primary sources. That meant no textbooks but lots of things with famous and no-so-famous titles such as Suicide, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Obedience to Authority. Essentially these were the founding works of social science and their 20th century acolytes.

Among this august group of scholars is Erving Goffman, a gent with a Continue reading