Erving Goffman as a Pioneer in Self-Ethnography? I wish to express my profound gratitude to all those who have helped preserve the memory of Erving Goffman by contributing a memoir to the Erving Goffman Archives.
Tweet This desk is very similar to the one my grandfather used I have submitted my thesis to my committee, and now I am preparing for my viva. And, I have decided to do some reading around and somewhat outside of the works upon which I have drawn. I have been awaiting an opportunity to read: This was a great choice after having done so much concentration on other methodologies and having written up my own PhD research in a standardly more formal Western European style.
Although I must admit that writing from a social constructivist perspective and within an interpretivist paradigm, I used a combination of both first and third person singular. Research as Ceremony was written using a more inclusive voice.
The author, Shawn Wilson, began the book as if he was writing to his sons. He later addressed the reader directly in the second person. This style is very engaging. It is nice to follow.
The book reads more like a Goffman snippets interspersed with some definitions epistemology, ontology, axiology, methodology, etc. Wilson presents this work about indigenous research in a humble manner, honouring the indigenous voice.
For me as an aspiring researcher of European descent, the most striking message is the significance of relationships. Although I took a relational perspective on my own research of identity of doctoral students in networked learning, the nature of relationship as I read it in this book extends much deeper.
Respectful and trusting relationships amongst people is of vital importance. But, there are also relationships with the land, other creatures, ideas, and the cosmos. Spirituality seems inherently embedded within this view. The narrative style, addressing his sons and introducing other indigenous scholars from around the world, offers a sense of relationship to the reader.
Interestingly, I wondered if I had met one of the scholars in St. Paul, Alberta at a workshop I had attended several years ago. He seemed familiar to me. Although not of this tradition, I feel that I started to sense how relationships enrich inquiry.
The author paints a picture of his struggle to work within the dominant paradigm of academic research and the indigenous way.
Particularly interesting for me was the discussion of ethics. I understand that this protects participants—particularly when the subject of research is sensitive. However, because relationships are so significant for understanding indigenous worldviews, the obfuscation of identities can decontextualize and render the research less meaningful.
It could even create misunderstanding. Also, identifying contributors is part of honouring them and recognizing that research is collaborative. Here is an interesting quote which the author cited from an elder named Eber Hampton: Emotionless, passionless, abstract, intellectual, academic research is a goddamn lie, it does not exist.
It is a lie to ourselves and a lie to other people. Humans—feeling, living, breathing, thinking humans—do research. When we try to cut ourselves off at the neck and pretend an objectivity that does not exist in the human world, we become dangerous to ourselves first, and then to the people around us.
I like that view. Here are the main principles cited from Atkinsonp.Goffman's Self-Ethnographies* Dmitri N. Shalin *An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, August 14, In my reading of Goffman’s book, Goffman seems to take a more neutral stance with regard to performances, recognizing that the performers may choose to be honest or dishonest: “A status, a position, a social place is not a material thing, to be possessed and then displayed; it is a pattern of appropriate conduct, coherent, embellished, and.
In Goffman's theory of social stigma, a stigma is an attribute, behavior, or reputation which is socially discrediting in a particular way: it causes an individual to be mentally classified by others in an undesirable, rejected stereotype rather .
Soc Snippets 1/11/ Hello Sociology Majors! Welcome to Winter Quarter and the year’s first edition of Sociology Snippets, the biweekly announcements for Sociology Majors.
Right now I’ve got lots of Karl Marx, C. Wright Mills and Harold Garfinkel but Goffman, Dubois and Durkheim are going fast! Sociology Honors Program. Goffman: Snippets. sSeven excerpts from Erving Goffman’s remarks on fieldwork can serve as his virtual preface to this narrative about his legacy.
I begin with Goffman’s definition of participant observation: “By participant observation,” he said. *The Erving Goffman Archives (EGA) is the web-based, open-source project that serves as a clearing house for those interested in the dramaturgical tradition in .