Behavior in Public Places

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Social Science - 248 pages
Erving Goffman effectively extends his argument in favor of a diagnosis of deviant behavior which takes account of the whole social situation.

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Introductory Definitions
Some Rules About the Allocation of Involvement
Some Rules About the Objects of Involvement
Engagements Among the Unacquainted
ACCESSIBLE ENGAGEMENTS 9 Communication Boundaries
The Regulation of MutualInvolvement
Uncontained Participation

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Page 97 - There are messages primarily serving to establish, to prolong, or to discontinue communication, to check whether the channel works ("Hello, do you hear me?"), to attract the attention of the interlocutor or to confirm his continued attention ("Are you listening?
Page 82 - ... recognition' is typically allowed. Where the courtesy is performed between two persons passing on the street, civil inattention may take the special form of eyeing the other up to approximately eight feet, during which...
Page 91 - Of the special sense-organs, the eye has a uniquely sociological function. The union and interaction of individuals is based upon mutual glances. This is perhaps the most direct and purest reciprocity which exists anywhere.
Page 33 - Although an individual can stop talking, he cannot stop communicating through body idiom; he must say either the right thing or the wrong thing. He cannot say nothing.
Page 87 - face engagement" (Goffman 1963; cf. Ekman 1982) suggests that leadership expressed in face-to-face interactions "comprise all those instances of two or more participants in a situation joining each other openly in maintaining a single focus of cognitive and visual attention — what is sensed as a single mutual activity, entailing preferential communication rights
Page 55 - I observe it religiously, in spite of the difficulty I have in advancing on my crutches pushing my bicycle at the same time. I managed somehow. Being ingenious. Thus we cleared these difficult straits, my bicycle and I, together. But a little further on I heard myself hailed. I raised my head and saw a policeman. Elliptically speaking, for it was only later, by way of induction, or deduction, I forget which, that I knew what it was.
Page 16 - I shall refer to the full spatial environment anywhere within which an entering person becomes a member of the gathering that is (or does then become) present.
Page 82 - What seems to be involved is that one gives to another enough visual notice to demonstrate that one appreciates that the other is present (and that one admits openly to having seen him) , while at the next moment withdrawing one's attention from him so as to express that he does not constitute a target of special curiosity or design.
Page 16 - ... the structuring social context in which many situations and their gatherings are likely to form, dissolve, and re-form, while a pattern of conduct tends to be recognized as the appropriate and (often) official or intended one — a "standing behavior pattern...
Page 44 - ... so many men who in the course of nature must desire to spit incessantly. In the hospitals the students of medicine are requested, by notices upon the wall, to eject their tobacco juice into the boxes provided for that purpose, and not to discolor the stairs.

About the author (2008)

Erring Goffman was born in Manville, Alberta (Canada) in 1922. He came to the United States in 1945, and in 1953 received his PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. He was professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley until 1968, and thereafter was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Goffman received the MacIver Award in 1961 and the In Medias Res Award in 1978. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 1983. Dr. Goffman's books include The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Encounters, Asylums, Behavior in Public Places, Stigma, Interaction Ritual, Strategic Interaction, Relations in Public, Frame Analysis, and Gender Advertisements.

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