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This new edition of this classic text from one of the major figures of world sociology includes an introduction published in English for the first time. In Norbert Elias's hands, a local community study of tense relations between an established group and outsiders becomes a microcosm that illuminates a wide range of sociological configurations including racial, ethnic, class and gender relations. The Established and the Outsiders examines the mechanisms of stigmatization, taboo and gossip, monopolization of power, collective fantasy and `we' and `they' images which support and reinforce divisions in society. Developing aspects of Elias's thinking that relate his work to current sociological concerns, it presents the

Overall Picture of Zone 1 and Zone 2
Overall picture of Zone 1 and Zone 2

Winston Parva was a growing industrial area. About 4,185 people1 lived there in 1958, not quite 5,000 in 1959. Administratively it formed two wards of a larger urban district. But it was cut off from the major part of this district by a railway line. A single bridge over this line was the only link between Winston Parva and the rest of the district. As has been shown, the division of Winston Parva into three zones was connected with its development. In 1958 Zone 1 had 456 inhabitants, Zone 2 2,553 and Zone 3 1,176. Zone 2 and 3, too, had fairly sharp boundaries. They were separated from each other ...

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