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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

Young People in Winston Parva
Young people in Winston Parva

Like other industrial areas Winston Parva had a number of young people who were near-delinquents or delinquents. In 1958 a few came from Zone 2, more from Zone 3, none from Zone 1. As everywhere else, it was only a minority of youngsters in Winston Parva who came before the courts. The figures for juvenile offenders in that year were 19 cases or 6·81 per cent of the children aged 7–16 in Zone 3 against 3 cases or 0·78 per cent of the children aged 7–16 in Zone 2. The difference between the delinquency rates of the two zones was considerable. Moreover, two of the three convictions of “village” youngsters concerned teenagers who had broken a ...

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