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Cooling the mother out: revisiting and revising Goffman's account

Thomas, Gareth M. ORCID: 2014. Cooling the mother out: revisiting and revising Goffman's account. Symbolic Interaction 37 (2) , pp. 283-299. 10.1002/SYMB.91

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This article revisits Erving Goffman’s important yet neglected metaphor of ‘‘cooling the mark out.’’ Drawing on a study of mothers whose child has Down’s syndrome, I explore the value of Goffman’s work for capturing how mothers interpret their child’s diagnosis as a loss and rectify this breach by constructing an acceptance of their new situation. The mothers’ accounts highlight how Goffman’s contentions can be enriched by acknowledging the gendered, temporal, and public character of a loss. This article, thus, can be read both as a celebration and critical revision of his theoretical contribution.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Additional Information: Online publication date: 28 January 2014.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0195-6086
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 September 2013
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 13:48

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