Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 - November 19, 1982), Canadian sociologist and writer. Goffman received his B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1945, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, in 1953. Author of the seminal text Asylums that describes "institutionalization" as a response by patients to the bureaucratic structures of a hospital setting as well as The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, a study of social ritual and the personas we create for ourselves.

See also: American Association for the Abolition of Involuntary Mental Hospitalization

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