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School of Health and Society

Professor Greg Smith

Professor of Sociology


Studied at the University of Salford and have spent a long career here as a sociology teacher and researcher.


Modules in social theory, social interaction, embodiment, and visual representation.

Teaching interests

  • Theories of society,
  • identities and interactions,
  • cultured bodies,
  • visual sociology.

Research Interests

Social and cultural theory, ethnographic and interactionist sociology. 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).

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc(Hons), PhD.


Smith, G. (2017). Georg Simmel: interactionist before symbolic interactionism? In M. H. Jacobsen (Ed.), The interactionist imagination: studying meaning, situation and micro-social order (pp. 41-70). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dennis, A., Philburn, R. & Smith, G. (2013). Sociologies of interaction. Cambridge: Polity.

Staniland, K. & Smith, G. (2013). Flu frames. Sociology of Health and Illness, 35(2), 309-324.

Smith, G. & Winkin, Y. (2012). Lloyd Warner, premier mentor d'Erving Goffman. In D. Cefaï & L. Perreau (Eds.), Goffman et l'ordre de l'interaction (pp. 79-107). Amiens: CURAPP-ESS/CEMS-IMM.

Smith, G. (2006). Erving Goffman. London: Routledge.

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Postgraduate research

  • Application of interactionist sociologies (including symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, CA, Goffman) to analyze any area of communication conduct in contemporary society
  • Use of the methods of visual sociology to examine aspects of urban culture