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Erving Goffman

Peter Lunt on Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman has been called the most influential American sociologist of the 20th century thanks to his study of the social interactions of everyday life. In this Social Science Bites podcast, social psychologist Peter Lunt discusses his own inquiries into Goffman and how he approached his subjects with “an ethnographer’s eye.”

5 years ago
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Medicins Sans Frontieres staff in Guinea

Ebola: The Human Cost of Neglecting the Social Sciences

There is a genuine cost from ignoring lessons from social science in the fight against Ebola. What’s even sadder — these lessons were taught in blood three decades ago in the fights against AIDS. Are we ready for the next malady?

5 years ago
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Mapping climate change mentions

Why Not Give Journalists a Tip on Data-Driven Sources

Liliana Bounegru looks at how media scholars have leveraged digital data and algorithmic accountability. In times of shrinking news budgets and staff cuts journalists can turn to such readily available sources of data as a way to understand public engagement with major issues.

5 years ago
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Toxic, Poisonous and Stupid: Iraq War Decision-Making Ten Years On

Even within its own narrow terms the Iraq war was appallingly costly. A bad decision to invade was compounded by shambolic and ineffective leadership of the warfighting itself. Why? The answer seems to lie in the ways in which contemporary large organizations behave

6 years ago
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Sir Jimmy Savile’s Crimes

The English in full moral panic are never an edifying spectacle. The Jimmy Savile affair is no exception, as self-appointed experts on child abuse, BBC-bashing tabloids and ambulance-chasing lawyers have piled into the fray.

7 years ago
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The Internet Black Widow

When some journalist awards a case a sobriquet like The Railway Rapist, or the Moors Murderers that the media has got its teeth into the case and will shake as much life out of it as possible.

7 years ago
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Is democracy possible now?

Last month, SAGE sponsored a one-day symposium at the British Academy on the future of democracy, and media’s contribution to that […]

9 years ago
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