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Erving Goffman was a major influence in the field of sociology. He is most well known for his work regarding his sociological paradigm of “dramaturgy”. Using his paradigm of dramaturgy, Goffman describes how ordinary individuals give performances, control their scripts, and enter settings that make up their lives (Carl 20).

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Erving GoffmanDylan MorrongielloIntroduction to SociologyDr. Kerry BernerFebruary 19, 2012Word Count: 1396Dylan MorrongielloDr. BernerIntroduction to Sociology19 February 2012Erving GoffmanErving Goffman was a major influence in the field of sociology. He is most well known for his work regarding his sociological paradigm of dramaturgy. Using his paradigm of dramaturgy, Goffman describes how ordinary individuals give performances, control their scripts, and enter settings that make up their lives (Carl 20). In this theory, it is argued that human actions and behavior are dependent upon time, place, and audience. People try to portray a certain social image, which may change based on these previously stated variables. Erving Goffman was born in Manville, Alberta, Canada, on June 11, 1922 to a family of Ukrainian Jews. Goffman spent three years in high school before he graduated and began attending classes at the University of Manitoba, chemistry being his major subject. After being inspired by famous American sociologist Dennis Wrong, he developed an interest in sociology, and transferred to the University of Toronto where he graduated with his BA in sociology in 1945. After finishing his bachelors degree, he attended the University of Chicago where he received his MA and PhD in both sociology and social anthropology. Erving Goffman served as president of the American Sociological Association from 1981 to 1982. While working on his

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