ABSTRACT

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.
Chapters cover:
· The problems of role analysis.
· Conformity and deviance
· The coherence of role systems
· Degrees of abstraction
· Structure, time and reality
Originally published in 1957.

chapter I|19 pages

PRELIMINARIES

chapter II|25 pages

PROBLEMS OF ROLEANALYSIS

chapter III|18 pages

CONFORMITY AND DEVIANCE

chapter IV|34 pages

THE COHERENCE OF ROLE SYSTEMS

chapter V|28 pages

DEGREES OF ABSTRACTION

chapter VI|28 pages

STRUCTURE, TIME AND REALITY

chapter VII|7 pages

CONCLUSIONS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION