Early Goffman and the Analysis of Face-to-Face Interaction in Strategic Interaction

  • George Psathas


Goffman (1969, p. ix) has told us that his ‘ultimate interest [is] … to develop the study of face-to-face interaction as a naturally bounded analytically coherent field — a sub-area of sociology.’ Given this ultimate interest and acknowledging that the concepts he has presented have been widely used and cited by others in the discipline, I wish to consider how and in what ways his studies develop the field of face-to-face interaction.1


Social Relationship Social Gathering Strategic Interaction Basic Move Observable Behaviour 
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Chapter Endnotes

  1. 6.
    See, for example, Herbert Blumer’s review of Goffman’s Relations in Public, [cited as ( 1971, R5) in the section entitled A Sampler of Reviews, (in the Editor’s Introduction)]; and also John O’Neill’s essay, ‘Self-Prescription and Social Machiavellianism’, in his Sociology as a Skin Trade, ( New York; Harper Torchbooks, 1972 ).Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    On this point, compare the remarks made by Egon Bittner in his essay, ‘Objectivity and Realism in Sociology’, pp. 109–125, in G. Psathas (ed), Phenomenological Sociology, ( New York; Wiley-Interscience, 1973 )Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    See, Alfred Schutz, The Phenomenology of the Social World, (Mouton; The Hague, 1967); and G. Psathas and F. Waksler, ‘The Essential Features of Face-to-Face Interaction’, pp. 159–183, in G. Psathas (ed), op. cit.Google Scholar

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