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By Noah E. Friedkin

This publication describes how a community of interpersonal impact can function to shape agreements between folks who occupy diverse positions in a gaggle or association. It provides an account of consensus formation that's targeted in its integration of labor from the fields of social psychology and sociology excited about workforce dynamics and social constructions.

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I contrast two extreme viewpoints on the effects of social structure. According to one viewpoint, interpersonal influences simply reflect institutionalized elements of social organization and, therefore, the outcomes of such processes are obvious once the institutionalized features of the social structure are laid bare. According to the other viewpoint, institutionalized features of social structure weakly constrain outcomes, and the opinions and behaviors of actors can be understood only by taking into account the informal network of interpersonal influences that connects actors who occupy different social positions.

According to one viewpoint, interpersonal influences simply reflect institutionalized elements of social organization and, therefore, the outcomes of such processes are obvious once the institutionalized features of the social structure are laid bare. According to the other viewpoint, institutionalized features of social structure weakly constrain outcomes, and the opinions and behaviors of actors can be understood only by taking into account the informal network of interpersonal influences that connects actors who occupy different social positions.

Under what conditions does a macro-structure of social positions imply consensus and coordinated action? What is the basis of social change? Komarovsky describes this problem as follows: The second criticism alleges that role conformity and stability have been overemphasized and, conversely, that deviation, malintegration and social change have been minimized or neglected. (1973, p. 651) 32 2 Toward a Structural Social Psychology There are two parts to this issue: the extent to which social organization (consensus and coordination) is problematical, and the extent to which stability is assumed.

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