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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

The Mother-Centered Families of Zone 2
The mother-centered families of Zone 2

A Local journalist, born in the “village”, summed up the impression which he had of the “village” when he said, “You don't know who's related to who. There's so many that although I've lived here all my life I still keep finding out relatives.” It was a theme which cropped up again and again in conversations with people who lived in the “village”. The vicar spoke of the “strong family ties in the older part of the village”. A civil servant who lived in the “élite area” of the “village” repeated almost literally the words of the journalist, “There is so much inter-marriage here you don't know who is related to whom.” None of ...

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