The Theory of Social Structure

The Theory of Social Structure

The Theory of Social Structure

The Theory of Social Structure

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This book is in essence the somewhat enlarged version of a series of lectures which I gave, with the same title, at the London School of Economics during the Lent Term of 1955. I am greatly indebted to the Director of the School, Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders, for having invited me to do so. My greatest debt is to Professor Raymond Firth, with whom the idea of the lectures (and of their subject) originated. I owe a further debt, for many helpful comments and criticisms, to him as well as to other friends: Miss Elizabeth Bott, Dr. Phyllis Kaberry, Dr. J. A. Barnes, Mr. M. Freedman, and Professor I. Schapera. They will, I think, find most of the points they raised reflected in this final version of the lectures. If this is not true of every point it is not for want of attention on my part but because I felt, rightly or wrongly, that I could do justice to the issues concerned in my own fashion.

S. F. N.

Canberra, January 1956.

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