8. Groups and Institutions, Structures and Processes

  1. George Ritzer
  1. Murray Webster1 and
  2. Jane Sell2

Published Online: 2 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444347388.ch8

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology

How to Cite

Webster, M. and Sell, J. (2011) Groups and Institutions, Structures and Processes, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology (ed G. Ritzer), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444347388.ch8

Editor Information

  1. University of Maryland, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

  2. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330397

Online ISBN: 9781444347388

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Keywords:

  • groups, and institutions;
  • patterned relationships;
  • boundary and aggregation rules;
  • “group dynamics”;
  • Weber's, bureaucratic authority;
  • interaction process;
  • performance expectation;
  • group embeddedness

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Themes and Contrasts

  • Theoretical and Empirical Foundations in the Study of Groups

  • Two Early Research Programs: Structuring and Conformity

  • Contemporary Research Programs

  • Conclusion

  • References