This book explores the fertility and enigma of Erving Goffman’s sociological reasoning and its capacity to shed fresh light on the fundamental features of human sociality. Thematically arranged, it brings together the work of leading scholars of Goffman’s work to explore the concepts and themes that define Goffman’s analytical preoccupations, examining the ways these ideas have shaped significant fields of study and situating Goffman’s sociology in comparison to some eminent thinkers often linked with his name. Through a series of chapters informed by the same inventive and imaginative spirit characteristic of Goffman’s sociology, the book presents fresh perspectives on his contribution to the field and reveals the value of his thought for a variety of disciplines now increasingly aware of the importance of Goffman’s sociology to a range of social phenomena. A fresh perspective on the legacy of one of sociology’s most important figures, The Routledge International Handbook of Goffman Studies will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in interactionist and micro-sociological perspectives.

chapter |12 pages


The persisting presence of Erving Goffman
ByMichael Hviid Jacobsen, Greg Smith

part I|141 pages

Concepts and themes

chapter 1|11 pages


ByCharles Edgley

chapter 2|12 pages


Impression management in the digital age
ByDavid Shulman

chapter 3|13 pages


ByGreg Smith

chapter 4|12 pages


ByStacey Hannem

chapter 5|11 pages

Total institutions

ByMikaela Sundberg

chapter 6|11 pages

Moral career

BySusie Scott, James Hardie-Bick

chapter 7|12 pages


ByJim O’Driscoll

chapter 8|11 pages

Interaction in public places

ByRobin James Smith

chapter 9|11 pages

Strategic interaction

ByGary D. Jaworski

chapter 10|12 pages

Frame analysis

ByAnders Persson

chapter 11|12 pages

Reframing ‘footing'

ByJack Sidnell

chapter 12|11 pages

The interaction order

ByM. Michael Rosenberg

part II|166 pages

Fields and studies

chapter 13|14 pages

Goffman and the emotions

Timely reflections on Erving Goffman as ‘emotion theorist'
ByMichael Hviid Jacobsen

chapter 14|13 pages

Goffman and medical sociology

ByLee F. Monaghan

chapter 15|11 pages

Goffman and communication

ByWendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Yves Winkin

chapter 16|12 pages

The reception of Goffman's work in media studies

ByPeter Lunt

chapter 17|12 pages

About ‘face'

Reconsidering Goffman's theory of face-work for digital culture
ByMichael James Walsh

chapter 18|12 pages

Goffman and sociolinguistics

ByCsilla Weninger, J. Patrick Williams

chapter 19|11 pages

Goffman and the sociology of the body

ByNick Crossley

chapter 20|11 pages

A primal scene

Disability in everyday life
ByDevon Healey, Tanya Titchkosky

chapter 21|11 pages

Goffman and visual studies

ByMichael L. Schwalbe

chapter 22|12 pages

Goffman and gender studies

ByChris Brickell

chapter 23|11 pages

Goffman and gambling studies

BySøren Kristiansen

chapter 24|10 pages

Mobilities studies

Goffman on the move
ByOle B. Jensen

chapter 25|10 pages

Goffman on police work

A pragmatic dance in action
ByPeter K. Manning

chapter 26|14 pages

Erving Goffman and the sociology of death and dying

ByMichael Hviid Jacobsen

part III|115 pages

Comparisons, interpretations and asides

chapter 27|13 pages

Goffman and Elias

Between deception and embarrassment
ByHelmut Kuzmics

chapter 28|13 pages

Goffman and Garfinkel

Sociologists of the ‘information order'
ByAndrew P. Carlin

chapter 29|12 pages

Goffman and Foucault

Framing the micro-physics of power
ByRobert S. Leib

chapter 30|11 pages

Goffman and Giddens

Discovering a systematic theorist
ByJohn Scott

chapter 31|16 pages

Ordering Goffman's oeuvre

Two addenda
ByGreg Smith

chapter 32|11 pages

Goffman and fieldwork

Mottke, the thief
BySam Hillyard

chapter 33|12 pages

Nothing funny about that!

Erving Goffman and the (un)humorousness of everyday life
ByRyan Mack, Gary Alan Fine

chapter 34|11 pages

Learning from Goffman

Toward a concept-driven transcontextual sociology
ByEviatar Zerubavel

chapter 35|14 pages

Goffman's footnotes

Excavating Erving Goffman's revealing asides
ByMichael Hviid Jacobsen