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  • Frederick L. Bates' career has been characterized by a single quest, the creation of an internally consistent theoretical model through which sociologists can conceptualize and analyze social structure from the simplest group structures to complex networks of groups and organizations. The basic elements of this model of social structure are examined and the model's theoretical foundations, assumptions and applications are discussed. Included are perspectives on structural modeling, self referential systems theory and the concepts of social structure, social organization, culture, norms, and society as a nonsystem. Copyright 1991, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

published proceedings

  • Sociological Inquiry

author list (cited authors)

  • Peacock, W. G.

publication date

  • January 1, 1991 11:11 AM