Goffman and the Interaction Order: 30 years on
27 September 2013
Ends: 16:15 27 September 2013
"I have no universal cure for the ills of Sociology. A multitude of myopias limit the glimpse we get of our subject matter" (Erving Goffman, 1983: 2)
It is 30 years since Erving Goffman published his Presidential Address to the American Sociological Association. In this lecture he famously brought together many of the key themes that underpinned his life's work, to provide an overview of his intellectual vision and the significance of ritual, the face-to-face encounter, and relations between the micro and macro.
Cardiff School of Social Sciences is marking this occasion by hosting a one-day conference to consider Goffman's contribution to our understandings of society and his legacy. For whilst he might have been ironically pessimistic about Sociology's capacity to deal with a "multitude of myopias" his concepts have travelled beyond the discipline of Sociology to shape how we all think and talk about social life.
Professor Randall Collins
Contributions from Professor Paul Atkinson, Professor Greg Smith, Dr Susie Scott
To get a flavour of this fantastic event, take a look below at the 'tweets' captured on the day:
Open To: Public
Staff and Students