Books on Social
Structure, Abstracts, Bibliography,
Social structure is the patterned and relatively stable arrangement of roles and statuses found within societies and
The idea of social structure points out the way in which societies, and
institutions within them, exhibit predictable patterns of organization,
activity and social interaction.
Stability of organization
and behaviour provides the quality of predictability that
people rely on in every day social interaction. Social structures are inseparable from
cultural norms and values that also shape status and social interaction.
One of society's major functions is to facilitate the assimilation of its constituents. Successful assimilation
serves two goals: it encourages the maintenance and growth of the social system, and it
gives each person a sense of his or her location within the social structure. In
consequence, it is to the advantage of both society and the individual that the latter
comes to adopt an understanding of the social system and one's place in it that is shared
by all its members; this understanding not only includes a sense of personal identity, but
also an appreciation of the roles one will take as a participating member of society. -
Professor Gregory Elliott
Social Institutions, Social Norms, Social
Roles, Social Statuses and Social Values are intrinsic to social structure:
A pattern of social interaction, having a relatively stable structure, that persists over
time. Institutions have structural properties - they are organized - and they are shaped
by cultural values. Thus, for example, the institution of marriage, in western
societies, is structurally located in a cohabiting couple and regulated by norms about
sexual exclusiveness, love, sharing, etc. There is not full agreement about the number or
designation of social institutions in a society but the following would typically be
included: family, economy, politics, education, health care, media.
A culturally established rule prescribing appropriate social behaviour. Norms are
relatively specific and precise and elaborate the detailed behavioural requirements that
flow from more general and overarching social values . For example, it is a value in
Western society that one should respect the dead, it is a norm that one should dress in
dark colours for a funeral.
A position, or status, within a social structure that is shaped by relatively precise
behavioural expectations (norms). A role has been described as the active component of
status. The individual, placed within a status in a social structure, performs their role
in a way shaped by normative expectations. Individuals have varying ideas about normative
standards and their own unique values, so role behaviour is not standardized, however
radical departure from expected role behaviour will usually result in social sanctions.
A position in a social structure regulated by norms and usually ranked according to power
and prestige. Status differs from class in that it is a measure of a person's social
standing or social honour in a community. Individuals who share the same social class may
have very divergent status. For example, people's status is affected by ethnic origin,
gender and age as well as their level of recognition in the community. While status is
statistically related to class it is common for individuals to have inconsistent class and
status locations. Most sociologists use both the concepts of class and status to describe
the systems of social stratification (the way individuals are ranked in various
hierarchies of income, wealth, authority and power) found in societies.
Relatively general cultural prescriptions of what is right, moral and desirable. Values
provide the broad foundations for specific normative regulation of social interaction.
Books On Social Structure
Structures Book by John Levi Martin
John Levi Martin closely examines social structures from a stunning range of scopes and
Structure & Mobility in Economic Development Book by Neil J. Smelser (Editor),
Seymour Martin Lipset (Editor)
Social Structures Of The Economy Book by Pierre Bourdieu
from School to Work: Individual Life Courses Within Social Structures (Issues In
Education) Book by Chew Siew Ghee
Power and Social Structure : Issues in Race, Class, and Gender Analysis (Research in
Race and Ethnic Relations) Book by Rutledge Dennis
And Stability: Cross-national Analysis Of Social Structure And Personality Book by
Melvin L. Kohn
Social Structure of Postindustrial Societies : From Classes and Strata to Social Milieus
and Lifestyles Book by Stefan Hradil
Behavior and the Larger Social Environment : A New Synthesis Book by Miriam McNown
Johnson, Rita Rhodes
Structure and Party Choice in Western Europe : A Comparative Longitudinal Study Book
by Oddbjorn Knutsen
And Alcohol Consumption As Functions Of Social Structures: A Cross-cultural Sociology
(Mellen Studies in Sociology) Book by James E. Hawdon, James Hawdon
Structures, Dynamics and Mechanisms : Essays in Honor of Aage B. Sorensen (Research in
Social Stratification and Mobility) Book by Arne L. Kalleberg, Stephen L. Morgan, John
Myles, Rachel A. Rosenfeld
Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure Brian Skyrms' study of ideas of
cooperation and collective action.
Social Structure - Journals - The Journal of Social
Structure (JoSS) is an electronic journal of the International Network for Social Network
Analysis (INSNA). It facilitates timely dissemination of state-of-the-art results in the
research area of social structure. - cmu.edu/joss
Social Structure - Abstracts and Full Texts
Social structure and ethnicity
Sociologie Romāneasca, 2001, 1-4, 97-123.
Abstract - The paper attempts a theoretical and empirical analysis of the relationship
between ethnic affiliation, social stratification and ethnic attitudes in Central and
Eastern Europe, and in Romania in particular. In the first part of the paper I examine the
main theoretical constructs involved in explaining the relationship between stratification
and ethnic affiliation, ethnic stratification and class stratification, and the role of
market mechanisms in the dynamics of social and ethnic stratification. Ethnic intolerance
tends to be higher in the lower social strata.
Kin Groups and Social Structure - by Roger M., Keesing
Abstract - This text examines the evolution of kinship and social structure.
Cross-national Research on Social Structure and Personality -
History, social structure and individualism: a cross-cultural perspective on
Japan. International Journal of Comparative Sociology; 2/1/1998; Schooler, Carmi
Social structure, political institutions, and mobilization potential.
Social Forces; 12/1/1995; McVeigh, Rory
Social structure and competition in interfirm networks: the paradox of
embeddedness. Uzzi, Brian - Introduction Extract -Administrative Science Quarterly;