Human Hierarchies: A General Theory

Human Hierarchies: A General Theory

by Melvyn L. Fein

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351514385
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 406
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Melvyn L. Fein is professor of sociology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and is the editor of the Journal of Public and Professional Sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Hierarchy and Science 1

Causal Mechanisms

The Moralistic Imperative

The Neo-Marxist Hegemony

Science versus Philosophy.

2 A Hierarchical Animal 27

The Universality of Hierarchy

A Biological Imperative

Functionalism versus Teleology

Hierarchical Functions.

3 The Mechanisms of Hierarchy 61

From Neo-Marxist to Post-Weberian

Tests of Strength


Dominance and Submission

Forms of Power

Social Distance.

4 A Profile of Relative Strengths 99

The Indeterminacy Principle

Areas of Strength

Anonymous Alliances.

5 Hierarchical Changes 135

Social Generalists

Dimensions of Change

Mechanisms of Change

The Sequencing of Changes.

6 Historical Trends 169

A Succession of Historical Eras

The Succession of Civilizations

Social Leadership

Status Strata

Hierarchical Collapses.

7 Bureaucracies and Professionalism 205

Organizational Hierarchies

Bureaucratic Organizations

The Limitations of Bureaucracy


Bureaucracies versus Professionals.

8 The Middle-Class Ascendancy 239

The Middle-Class Revolution

Special Knowledge

Professional Authority

Professionalized Socialization and Culture


Code of Ethics.

9 The Working and Lower Classes 273

Plato's Dilemma

Social Losers

Socialization and Inequality


10 On Loss and Social Mobility 309

Not Money

Status Scripts


Rites of Passage.

Epilogue: Age and Gender 343


The Male Hegemony.

Bibliography 357

Index 385

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