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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book was first published in 1972. The concept of role has been central to the development of knowledge about, and measures of, the normative context which mediates between the individual and society. The whole controversy of the primacy of 'nature' or 'nurture' has been contained within this loose-fitting concept. As in the first three volumes on Social Stratification, Migration and Professions and Professionalisation, the purpose of this volume was to raise a number of questions about the adequacy of theoretical concepts used by sociologists and others to describe social phenomena.

Table of Contents

Editor's preface
List of contributors
Role - editorial introduction
The concept of social role as an element of sociological theory
The man and the mask: a discussion of role-theory
Role and value development across the life-cycle
Role: a redundant concept in sociology? some educational considerations
Role performances and social comparison processes
Reply to Mr Urry
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