The Study of Boundaries in the Social Sciences

In recent years, the concept of boundaries has been at the center of influential research agendas in anthropology, history, political science, social psychology, and sociology. This article surveys some of these developments while describing the value added provided by the concept, particularly conc... Ausführliche Beschreibung

1. Person: Lamont, Michèle
Weitere Personen: Molnár, Virág
Quelle: in Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 28 (2002), p. 167-195
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Format: Online-Artikel
Sprache: English
Veröffentlicht: 2002
Beschreibung: Online-Ressource
Schlagworte: Culture
Identity
Inequality
Community
Borders
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