Dr Greg Smith

Professor Greg Smith

Professor of Sociology

  • Allerton Building L518
  • T: 0161 295 4706
  • E: g.w.h.smith@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm


Greg Smith was educated at the University of Salford. He is internationally known for his writings on the work of Erving Goffman (1922-82), one of the major figures of sociology in the second half of the twentieth century.  He has written or edited six books and numerous articles and chapters on Goffman, the ethnographic sociologies, cultural studies and visual sociology. His empirical research has included work on public harassment, theft from motor vehicles, Internet sociability, and the social organization of queuing.


Identities and Interactions

Thinking Sociologically (convenor)

Understanding the Social World

Visual Representation (convenor)

Research Interests


The intellectual biography of Erving Goffman

Security work

Sociological and cultural theory

Qualifications and Memberships

B.Sc. (Hons) Politics and Sociology; PhD Sociology

Memberships: BSA; SSSI;; SPHS.


Sociologies of Interaction. Cambridge: Polity, 2013. With Alex Dennis and Rob Philburn.

‘Lloyd Warner, premier mentor d’Erving Goffman’. Pp.79-107 in Daniel Cefai et Laurent Perreau (dirs) Goffman et l’ordre de l’interaction, Amiens: CURAPP-ESS/CEMS-IMM,  2013. With Yves Winkin.

‘Flu frames’. Sociology of Health and Illness, 35(1), 2013. With Karen Staniland.

‘Erving Goffman’. Pp.125-154 in George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

'Reconsidering Gender Advertisements: Performativity, framing and display'. Pp.165-184 in Michael Hviid Jacobsen (ed.), The Contemporary Goffman, London: Routledge, 2010.

Introducing Cultural Studies. Second edition. Harlow: Pearson, 2008. With Brian Longhurst, Gaynor Bagnall, Garry Crawford and Miles Ogborn.