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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

Local Associations and the “Old Families' Network”
Local associations and the “old families' network”

Closely linked to the family ties were those created by membership in local associations of which Winston Parva had a considerable number. Almost all of them were centred on the “village”.

The network of old families which formed the core of the “village” community prescribed and provided most leisure-time activities for its own members and within this circle these activities were almost entirely communal: people usually spent their leisure time in groups, not alone and not even in enclosed dyads or pairs, but if in pairs still immersed in the communal medium11—without walls in relation to third, fourth or fifth and perhaps to many more persons, and with very thin walls even in ...

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