This chapter analyses how I learned from Erving Goffman, with whom I studied in the 1970s, to ‘look’ at the world in a distinctly ‘Goffmanesque’ manner, focusing in particular on his concept-driven (rather than either theory-driven or data-driven) style of research, using examples as his main source of data. Of particular importance in this regard was Goffman’s ‘analogical imagination’, which called for conducting pronouncedly transcontextual (transcultural, transhistorical, as well as transdomain) research as a way to identify generic social patterns and reveal deep formal ‘parallels’ (‘Simmelarities’) beneath the surface of substantive variability. Equally significant was his insistence on directing his sociological gaze to the familiar (‘everyday’) rather than the exotic, while paying little attention to the trendy academic ‘conversation’ around him.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Routledge International Handbook of Goffman Studies|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)