chapter  2
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Excursions into the Sociology of Action

Leadership presupposes an institutional social setting in which people have a reasonable knowledge of what they are doing. They know the meaning of the words and actions of others, follow a predictable routine, and sustain a continuity from day to day in what they collectively do. In this excursion I want to get behind those assumptions and understand what is going on beneath the surface. Is there, beyond the surface regularities we perceive, a deeper structure to that activity? Can we move underneath or inside all that activity and understand what enables it to work so smoothly? Perhaps such an understanding can enrich our appreciation of the dynamics underneath leadership.