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Erving Goffman’s definition of the situation: Bridget Jones’s Baby and The King’s Speech

In a Comment at a recent post, I’ve referred to commonalities between Bridget Jones’s Baby and The King’s Speech. In the current post, I will explore themes related to storytelling, Erving Goffman, storylines, narrative arcs, frames and framing, and related … Continue reading

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Erving Goffman’s “total institutions” warrant inclusion in a comprehensive theory of management

As I have noted, John Hendry provides an impressive and valuable overview of management theory and practice in Management: A Very Short Introduction (2013). According to a blurb, the Very Short Introductions of which close to 400 have been published by … Continue reading

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Alice Goffman’s ‘On the Run’ Studies Policing in a Poor Urban Neighborhood – New York Times, April 29, 2014

I’ve written extensively about Erving Goffman including the start of his academic career in Chicago and the year he spent immersed in field work at a mental hospital. I became interested in his Chicago days after reading about the history … Continue reading

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Starting in 1949, Goffman adopted the role of an American college student studying the economics of island farming

Doctoral research As Gregory W.H. Smith (2006) notes, Erving Goffman’s doctoral dissertation, submitted to the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, was the product of twelve months of field work on the Shetland Islands between December 1949 and … Continue reading

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In Asylums (1961) Goffman analyzes the inner workings of total institutions

In the preface to Asylums (1961) Erving Goffman remarks (p. 7) regarding his year of field work at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., a federal institution of over 7,000 inmates: My immediate object in doing field work at St Elizabeth’s was to … Continue reading

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Erving Goffman began his graduate work in Chicago in 1945

Updates An Oct. 5, 2013 New York Times article regarding social power differentials brings to mind Erving Goffman’s analysis of everyday social interactions. An April 15, 2014 Harvard Business Review article notes that “Vonnegut devoted his master’s thesis at the … Continue reading

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An intellectual history of the past week; if you seek references to spectacularly abysmal dysfunction, ignore this post

For many years, I have been thinking, off and on, about water pumps that automatically shut off when there is no water to pump out. On one of my many recent trips to Home Depot a salesperson was very helpful, … Continue reading

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Tactics, strategy, and logistics drive the management of organized violence

When we speak of military leadership we are speaking of the management of organized violence. A random thought, that has occurred to me, concerns the inter-connectedness of all things. What follows are some additional, accumulated random thoughts. Vladimir Putin and … Continue reading

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An exemplary study in story management: Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2015)

I’ve been reading with interest a Brookings Institution study entitled: Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2015). The way the book itself is constructed is a study in effective story management. As well, the contents of the book – featuring … Continue reading

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Elements of storytelling include (4) focus on the backstage, (5) reinhabitation of places through narrative, and (6) open-endedness

1. Getting attention 2. Playing the role 3. Collaboration A previous post is entitled: Storytelling: Getting attention; playing the role; collaboration The above-noted post provides an overview of the three above-noted elements. In a comment at the post, I’ve referred, as … Continue reading

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