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The Roots of the Sociopsychological Model of Social Stratification

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Mateju, Petr

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Abstract This article, published in connection with the recent death of Otis Dudley Duncan (16 November 2004), sets out to provide a critical summary of the development - from its beginnings in the 1960s up to its final revision & modification in 1983 - of the socio-psychological model of the status attainment process. The article not only looks at the classic model of the social stratification process of Blau & Duncan, but also examines the influence of one of the founders of the socio-psychological branch of the study of social stratification, W. H. Sewell. Special attention is devoted to the development of the so-called Wisconsin model, primarily the work of William H. Sewell & his student, Robert M. Hauser, who, while as a student of Duncan also, considerably contributed to the use of structural modelling in sociology. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the main critical reactions to the socio-psychological model emphasising the 'allocational' paradigm of interpretation of the reproduction of social inequalities. The article should primarily help students of sociology gain an orientation in the massive amount of often poorly accessible literature on one of the most cited of sociology's 'products'.
Classification General Concepts, Major Hypotheses and Major Theories in the Social Sciences; Social Psychology
Free Keywords Status Attainment; Social Stratification; Social Psychology; Social Theories; Theory Formation; History of Sociology
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 7-30
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 41 (2005) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications