Saving Face

The Public and the Private

The publication in 1959 of Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life had a bigger impact on the social sciences than to be expected from such a dense and sometimes awkward text. The timing helped – its focus on dramaturgy in social interaction in the late 1950s appealed equally to the prevailing processes […]

Keeping Score

What Do You Earn Again?

An important book in some ways, frustrating in others, Christakis and Fowler’s Connected: the amazing power of social networks and how they shape our lives, makes the strong claim that our connections “have an astonishing power to influence everything from what we eat to who we sleep with”. When it came out last year it […]