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Prof Gregory Smith
Prof Gregory Smith
postal addressAllerton L507.
email addressg.w.h.smith@salford.ac.uk
telephone+44 (0)161 295 4706
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From August 2013 to present.
From October 2011 to August 2013.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Social Research
From January 2010 to August 2015.
From August 2013 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

My work is concentrated in the ethnographic and interactionist sociologies and social and cultural theory. I teach courses on theory, social interaction, visual representation and the sociology of embodiment and have published books and articles in these areas. The ideas of the great Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman (1922-82) are a particular enthusiasm of mine – I’ve produced three books about his sociology and am now working on an intellectual biography of Goffman with Yves Winkin (CNAM-Paris). My current research includes a British Academy-funded project on restorative justice (with Chris Birkbeck).

My most recent books are Sociologies of Interaction (Polity, 2013; with Alex Dennis and Rob Philburn) and the third edition of Introducing Cultural Studies (with Brian Longhurst, Gaynor Bagnall, Garry Crawford, and Miles Ogborn). I would particularly welcome PhD applications from students interested in either (1) exploring the relevance of the interactionist sociologies (symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, CA, Goffman) for understanding any area of communication conduct in contemporary society, or (2) using the methods of visual sociology to examine aspects of urban culture.

Key Qualifications
1973
1989
Key Projects
2016
Aug
The Dramatic Dimension of Restorative Justice
British Academy, £8,359.00.
Principal Investigator: C Birkbeck (50%). Co-Investigator: G Smith (50%).
2009
Sep
Offenders Perceptions of Criminal Opportunities (TMV) in BOLDASH - Option 2
Salford City Council, £12,300.00.
Principal Investigator: T Patel (40%). Co-Investigators: R Philburn (15%), A Dennis (20%), G Smith (20%), J Garrard (5%).
2007
Dec
Erving Goffman: An Intellectual Biography
British Academy, £2,660.00.
Investigator: G Smith (100%).
2007
Dec
Qualitatives 2008 - Overseas Conference Grant
British Academy, £800.00.
Investigator: G Smith (100%).
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Edited Books
Encyclopedia Entries
Guest Editorships of Journals
Other Publications
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2015
Jul

The 6th annual conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction attracted nearly 60 participants from 12 countries.

Conference Presentations
2019
Apr
Drawing on documentary and autoethnographical sources, the presentation explores aspects of the appropriation of interactionist concepts and perspectives in the UK.
2018
Jul
(with Christopher Birkbeck) Drawing on a selection of Goffman¿s participation concepts, this paper examines shifts in identity occurring in a collection of recordings of restorative justice conferences (RJCs). It considers some in... more >>.
2018
Mar
The conjecture was that a field of study not a method characterized Goffman's project. The footnotes supporting this claim consisted of a Google Ngram and a recently discovered letter.
2017
Jul
2017
May
with Christopher Birkbeck
2017
May
2016
Jul
2016
May
Invited paper.
2015
Jul

 With Lisa Morriss.

 

2014
Aug

With Alex Dennis.

2014
Aug
2013
Aug
2011
Aug

With Karen Staniland.

2011
Apr
2008
Aug
External Examiner Duties
2012
Jan

 External examiner for Masters programmes in Sociology and ESRC DTC research training modules.

2011
Jul

External Examiner, MA Sociology and MA Sociological Research, Lancaster University, 2006/2007-2010/2011.

Invited Papers and Lectures
2013
Sep
2009
Jan
2008
May
Journal Editorship
2017
Jan
Media Appearances
2016
Feb
Appeared on BBC Radio 4¿s Archive on 4 programme on Embarrassment, presented by Lynne Truss, 6th February 2016: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zh2ry
2013
Sep

Participated in Laurie Taylor's special programme on the ideas of Erving Goffman.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039cy07
Other
2011
Mar