Interactionist theory: Erving Goffman

We are social actors

Today we revised concepts learnt in a previous lesson, as well as adding to this list (e.g. roles and ascribed/achieved status). The following handout provides some clear definitions of some of these concepts and will be useful for the upcoming assessment task:


We briefly looked at the stages of socialisation (e.g. primary, secondary and tertiary)


We also started delving into our first piece of sociological theory: interactionist theory (also known as symbolic interactionism). Our focus was the work of Erving Goffman. The following PowerPoint slides refer to this. It is also important to ensure you have read pg.42-44 of your textbook (the title of the section is ‘‘Erving Goffman and the sociology of everyday life’)

Goffman (PowerPoint)