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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

Neighbourhood Relations in the Making
Neighbourhood relations in the making

Winston Parva was the foundation of an enterprising man, Charles Wilson, who in the 1880's formed a company in order to build houses, factories and shops on the meadow land between the old village of Winston Magna on the one hand, a railway line and a canal on the other hand. On this ground his company constructed in the course of seven years 700 identical brick cottages, a few engine sheds, several factories and a new church built in cast-iron.

Some of the old residents still remembered how Charles Wilson drove through the streets of the township he had created in his horse-drawn carriage raising his top hat to the new “villagers”. They remembered the ingenuity he ...

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