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Established–Outsider Relations and Figurational Analysis

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In the introduction to this HSR Special Issue we provide an exposition and over-

view of Elias and Scotson's Established and Outsiders, seeking to identify the

empirical and conceptual significance of the relational model of inter-group

tensions contained therein. Our core argument is that Elias and Scotson wrote

in the historical context of a British intellectual Zeitgeist in which a preoccupa-

tion with 'established' groups followed from proto-Marxist political/macro-

sociological concerns with the reproduction of social elites; and an engage-

ment with 'outsiders', which followed from an ascendant micro-sociological

concern with sub-cultural and 'deviant' groups who defined themselves in op-

position to a dominant mainstream. Elias and Scotson's contribution, viewed in

this vein, was to provide a radically relational theoretical-empirical model

which synthesised micro, meso and macro sociological concerns with social

power dynamics into a unified synthetic scheme. We propose that while such a

model is entirely consistent with the broader conceptual architecture of Elias's

approach, it is important also to recognise the not insignificant influence of

Scotson's empirical work in informing the specific concerns of their study. We

further reflect upon the origins of the study and its implications for our more

general methodological questions relating to undertaking 'figurational analysis'

in the context of historical social research.

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Citation

Historical Social Research, 2016, 40 (1), pp. 7-17 (10)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Sociology

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Published in

Historical Social Research

Volume

40

Issue

1

Pagination

7-17 (10)

Publisher

University of Cologne

issn

0172-6404

Acceptance date

2016-10-07

Copyright date

2016

Available date

2016-11-02

Publisher version

https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-48898-4

Language

en

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