Erving Goffman ( June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.
Considered " the most nfluential American sociologist of the nineteenth century " ( Fine, Manning, and Smith 2000: ix), as a subjective analyst, Goffman 's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical analysis that began with his 1959 book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Goffman 's other areas of study included social order and interaction, impression management, total institutions, social organization of experience, and stigmas. Some of the influences on his works include Durkheim, Freud, Mead, Radcliffe-Brown, and Simmel.
In 2007 Goffman was listed as the 6th most-cited intellectual in the science and social sciences by The Times Higher Education Guide, behind Anthony Giddens and ahead of Jürgen Habermas. [ 1 ]. Goffman was also named the 73rd president of the American Sociological Association. Goffman is more cited today from his books than during his time. Writers today use his ideas to examine the relationship between individual behavior and the reproduction of social systems.