Accession Number : AD0418212

Title :   A THEORY OF STATUS EQUILIBRATION,

Corporate Author : DUKE UNIV DURHAM N C

Personal Author(s) : Kimberly,James C.

Report Date : 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : A theory of status equilibration is formulated. The existence of status inconsistencies is as sumed, and attention is focused on types of status inconsistencies, the social psychology of reactions to these types of status inconsis tencies, and modes of status equilibration. Be cause ability tends to be relatively unchange able, it is held that status equilibration in volves primarily changes in functions. Two modes of status equilibration are defined: mobility with respect to function and reallocation of functions. The former mode of status equilibra tion involves the individual moving from one existent set of functions to another. The latter mode of status equilibration involves the indi vidual effecting reallocation of functions among the members of the social system which tend to equilibrate his status. The conditions under which each of these modes of status equilibra tion tends to occur are specified. It is held that in the absence of opportunities for status equilibration, status inconsistency decreases the individual's motivation to participate in the social system. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GROUP DYNAMICS, BEHAVIOR), (*SOCIOMETRICS), THEORY, MEASUREMENT.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE