February 7, 2003

· Sociology

Early this morning my blog got a visit from someone at cia.gov. They were searching for a information about an old article by the sociologist Erving Goffman called On Cooling the Mark Out, which I blogged about a while ago. The article is about how con men gently close out a successful sting in such a way that the victim won’t go and complain about it to someone. Good to see that the spooks are keeping up with their sociology—- and who knows, maybe even putting it into practice. Everybody should read Goffman at some point.

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I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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