The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life | The Protestant Ethic and the 'Spirit' of Capitalism and Other Writings | Stigma | Strategic Interaction | Forms of Talk | The Division of Labor in Society | Governing the Commons | Frame Analysis | Behavior in Public Places
From the exemplary opening essay of Interaction Ritual, â€śOn Face-Work,â€ť â€”a full account of the extraordinary repertoire of maneuvers we employ in social encounters in order to â€śsave faceâ€ťâ€”to the final, and classic, essay â€śWhere the Action Is,â€ťâ€”an examination of people in risky occupations and situations: gamblers, criminals, coal miners, stock speculatorsâ€”Goffman astounds us with the unexpected richness and complexity of brief encounters between people. For Goffman, as for Freud, the extreme cases are of interest because of the light they shed on the normal: The study of the trapeze artist is worthwhile because each of us is on the wire from time to time.
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