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Human hierarchies : a general theory

Author: Melvyn L Fein
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, ©2012.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melvyn L Fein
ISBN: 9781412845960 1412845963
OCLC Number: 757134221
Description: xiii, 393 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Hierarchy and science: Causal mechanisms ; The moralistic imperative ; The New-Marxist hegemony ; Science versus philosophy --
A Hierarchical animal: The Universality of hierarchy ; A biological imperative ; Functionalism versus teleology ; Hierarchical functions --
The mechanisms of hierarchy: From New-Marxist to post-Weberian ; Tests of strengths ; Reputations ; Dominance and submission ; Forms of power ; Social distance --
A profile of relative strengths: The indeterminacy principle ; Areas of strength ; Anonymous alliances --
Hierarchical changes: social generalists ; Dimensions of change ; Mechanisms of change ; The sequencing of changes --
Historical trends: A succession of historical eras ; The succession of civilizations ; Social leadership ; Status strata ; Hierarchical collapses --
Bureaucracies and professionalism: Organizational hierarchies ; Bureaucratic organizations ; The limitations of bureaucracy ; Professionalism ; Bureaucracies versus professionals --
The middle-class ascendancy: The middle-class revolution ; Special knowledge ; Professional authority ; Professionalized socialization and culture ; Self-discipline ; Code of ethics --
The working and lower classes: Plato's dilemma ; Social losers ; Socialization and inequality ; Non-professionalization --
On loss and social mobility: Not money ; Status scripts ; Resocialization ; Rites of passage --
Epilogue: Age and gender: Gerontocracies ; The male hegemony.
Responsibility: Melvyn L. Fein.

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