|The two essays in this classic work by sociologist Erving Goffman explore the calculative, gamelike aspects of human interaction.|
Erving Goffman received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1945 and then studied at the University of Chicago, receiving his M.A. in 1949 and his Ph.D. in 1953. For a year he lived on one of the smaller of the Shetland Isles while he gathered material for a dissertation on that community, and later served as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC.