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This entry outlines Goffman's biography, sketches the importance of the intellectual and social contexts provided by the universities of Toronto and Chicago where Goffman studied in the 1940s and 1950s, and summarizes his major substantive contributions (dramaturgy, the interaction order, the significance of the ritual dimension, his treatments of mental patients, the stigmatized, gender, and the concept of frame and the framing process). The continuing relevance of Goffman's ideas todoi:10.1093/bjsw/bcw035 fatcat:uxhnq57rqvdkpponfzrz4ngtvq