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Erving Goffman
Birth: Jun. 11, 1922
Alberta, Canada
Death: Nov. 19, 1982
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Anthropologist and Sociologist. Known for his work in the field of Symbolic Interactionism. He spent several years of his life determining that society could be compared to theatre. People in the society are the actors and the society around the people is the stage. This concept is called "dramaturgy." Goffman received a degree from the University of Chicago and was a big supporter of the school of Sociology. He aided the study of Symbolic Interactionism and Anthropology there and was a big supporter of the observations and studies of George Herbert Mead and Charles Horton Cooley. Goffman was impressed with the effects of mental health on society. From 1954 to 1957, he conducted a study as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Chicago. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1958 to 1959. He was an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1968 to 1982. People were so impressed with his sociological and anthropological achievements that they wanted to make him the president of the Board of Ethnomethodology and Phenomenonology, which are two more sociological practices, but unfortunately, Goffman died before they had a chance. Goffman will be remembered for his achievements in the fields of Anthropology and Sociology. Goffman would have agreed with William Shakespeare when he said "Life is but a stage and we are the actors." (bio by: John Baumer) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
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Originally Created by: John Baumer
Record added: Oct 26, 2004
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Erving Goffman
Added by: John Baumer
 
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