Erving Goffman

Erving GoffmanIn science, Erving Goffman (1922-1982) was a Canadian-born American sociologist, high-cited humanities citation ranking, noted for []

Overview
In 1971, Goffman, in his Relations in Public: Microstudies of the Public Order, described how complex rules govern human behavior in apparently simple situations, such as passing by a stranger on a sidewalk; a 2009 rendition of this book is as follows:
Microstudies

In 1975, American sociologists James Dabbs and Neil Stokes, seemingly influenced by Goffman, in their “Beauty is Power: the Use of Space on the Sidewalk”, reported the results of a study wherein they quantified volume or rather personal space changes via time lapsed video recordings of 470 pedestrians observed from above walking on a side walk, which found that sex, number, attractiveness (beauty) caused volume expansion, results about which Dabbs and Stokes concluded to the effect that these can be “regarded as aspects of power.” [1]

References
1. (a) Goffman, Erving. (1971). Relations in Public: Microstudies of the Public Order. Transaction Publishers, 2009.
(b) Dabbs, James M. and Stokes, Neil A. (1975). “Beauty is Power: the Use of Space on the Sidewalk” (abs), Sociometry, 38: 551-57.

External links
Erving Goffman – Wikipedia.
Goffman, Erving – WorldCat Identities.

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