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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 topics. These topics are of interest to me because I have been exploring the nature […]


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 of urban planning in Chicago. The first-noted link (above) is among the most frequently read […]


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 May 1951. Goffman describes his field work role thus (the quote is from Smith, 2006, […]