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The Social Process Revisited

Achieving Human Interests Through Alliance and Opposition


Harold Fallding

Sociologists have designated as social process a phased movement made by people in association. They stage forward or back between opposition and assimilation, only resting where their interests are served. Reviewed here is the thought of two dozen European or American writers on this self-movement of society. Linked then to Hobbes' understanding of order, it is seen to suggest a new formulation of the movement forward. That exhibits four phases: alliance, community, cooperation and government. Assertiveness and controlling norms both have scope in this progression, and self-interest is not denied but merged into the self-interest of one's enfolding groups. Evidences are drawn from the histories of England, France, the United States of America and Canada.
Contents: The classical social process theorists - The insights in this position on the intimate connection of conflict and normative order - History used as data in this kind of inquiry.