The main feature of this book is a discussion of 'role analysis' and its relevance to social structure. Arguing that the role system of a society is the matrix of its social structure, the author presents a detailed theoretical analysis of the problems inherent in this approach.
· The problems of role analysis.
· Conformity and deviance
· The coherence of role systems
· Degrees of abstraction
· Structure, time and reality
Originally published in 1957.