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Goffman's interaction order at the margins: stigma, role, and normalization in the outreach encounter

Smith, Robin James 2011. Goffman's interaction order at the margins: stigma, role, and normalization in the outreach encounter. Symbolic Interaction 34 (3) , pp. 357-376. 10.1525/si.2011.34.3.357

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This article considers Goffman's conceptualization of interaction order at the margins of society in encounters between urban welfare workers and their clients. Observations from these encounters demonstrate practices relating to the situated management of stigma and identity, and the accomplishment of role within these service encounters. A reading of Goffman's theoretical contribution lies in revealing how social actors and social structures are realized in situ within the constraints of the interaction order sui generis. The article discusses three aspects of the outreach encounter, namely, (1) the accomplishment of role and motive, (2) the sequential phases of the outreach encounter, and (3) “the normalization ritual,” and introduces the concept of willful disattention.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Erving Goffman; Homelessness; Interaction order; Normalization; Outreach; Role; Stigma; Willful disattention
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0195-6086
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:47

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