Sociology Book Review on “Stigma: Notes on The Management of Spoiled Identity” By Erving Goffman

Book Review Format


  1. Format

The book review should be 4-5 pages long.  When writing your paper, please organize and use the following headings to organize your review:


  1. Introduction

Please provide one paragraph that introduces the book. In your introduction, provide a brief discussion regarding what you thought about the book.  You should end the introduction with an outline detailing what you intend to focus on in your book review. Briefly tell the reader what major themes you will be discussing in your critical review.


  1. Brief Description of the Book

Please provide one to two paragraphs providing a basic description of the book.  Make sure you include a description of the major themes the author is trying to point out.


  1. Critical Review

Give your own critical assessment of a few of the major themes outlined in the book.  You can start from the points you found most interesting in the book. As you make your points, be sure to refer back to specific pages of the book that help illustrate your comments/critiques. When you reference, you must use ASA. This critical review should be about 2-3 pages long.


  1. Closing Comments and Reflections

This should be two paragraphs to one page in length.  Wrap up your arguments and critiques, emphasizing once again the points you have been focusing on throughout your review.

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