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But if we follow Goffman into the gap between expression and social forms, between cause and effect, into a space where we have to leave our egos behind and discover otherness without the crutch of determinism, sociology becomes a branch of semiotics. As necessary as this move may be from geo-political and ecological standpoints, to reduce the level of violence against nature and other peoples, we cannot expect to follow Goffman into paradise. Ego and sign Imagine a person, a face in the crowd, someone walking down the street or engrossed in labor.

But if we follow Goffman into the gap between expression and social forms, between cause and effect, into a space where we have to leave our egos behind and discover otherness without the crutch of determinism, sociology becomes a branch of semiotics. As necessary as this move may be from geo-political and ecological standpoints, to reduce the level of violence against nature and other peoples, we cannot expect to follow Goffman into paradise. Ego and sign Imagine a person, a face in the crowd, someone walking down the street or engrossed in labor.

Every human being, action and object in the modern world is eventually pressed into compulsory service as ideological instruments, each damaged ego dutifully carrying its sign, of protest, of status, of the zodiac, without real possibility of cause or effect, and for the most part not having the slightest notion why? This is the form of post-structural alienation which bears no resemblance whatever to the alienation of the ego. Conclusion I have argued here for a semiotic sociology in the place of positivistic sociology, and I have also tried to suggest some reasons why such a sociology is resisted.

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