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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

Considerations of Procedure
Considerations of procedure

Winston Parva* formed in 1959–60 part of a suburban development on the outskirts of a large and prosperous industrial town in the English midlands. It was separated by a railway line from other parts of the sprawling suburban growth; a bridge over this line was the only link with Winston Magna and the rest of Winston. It had less than 5,000 inhabitants who formed a fairly compact community with its own factories, schools, churches, shops and clubs. And with its own divisions.

It consisted of three different neighbourhoods known and recognised as different by the inhabitants themselves. Zone 1 was what is usually called a middle-class residential area. Most of its inhabitants regarded it as such. Zones 2 and 3 were ...

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