chapter  7
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Social Solidarity

ONE of the most fascinating and sometimes disturbing of social phenomena is the concerted activity of the mob, the army, or the choir that seems to feel and act as one person. Such group solidarity has to be trained into sol­ diers, orchestras, and teams in Western Europe and North America, but is often spontaneously achieved in other culture areas. Indeed, it is with joint and sometimes rhythmically synchronized effort that much of the work of pre-industrial societies gets done and that many of the sacred and ritual occasions of the human and social life cycles are celebrated.