"There is in modem society a structural change that underlies many of the social changes with which the conference was concerned. My argument here will be that this is a qualitative change in the way society is organized, a change with many implications. I will call this a change from primordial and spontaneous social organization to constructed social organization (see Coleman 1990, Chapters 2, 3, and 24 for an extended examination of this change). The common definitions of these terms contain some hint of what I mean, but I will describe the change more fully to ensure that it is clearly understood.
By primordial social organization I mean social organization that has its origins in the relationships established by childbirth. Not all these relations are activated in all cultures, but some subset of these relations forms the basis for all primitive and traditional social organization. From these relations,
more complex structures unfold. For example, from these relations come families; from families come clans; from clans, villages; and from villages, tribes, ethnicities, or societies."
Table of Contents
Prologue: Constructed Social Organization, /fames S. Coleman 1 -- PART ONE -- CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSES -- 1 Moebius-Strip Organizations and Open Labor Markets: Some Consequences of the Reintegration of Conception and Execution in a Volatile Economy, /Charles Sabel -- 2 The Future of Bureaucracy and Hierarchy in Organizational Theory: A Report from the Field, /Rosabeth Moss Kanter -- 3 Indirect Relationships and Imagined Communities: Large-Scale Social Integration and the Transformation of Everyday Life, /Craig Calhoun 95 -- PART TWO -- CHANGES IN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND CULTURAL TRANSMISSION -- 4 Social Structure, Institutions, and Cultural Goods: The Case of the United States, /Paul DiMaggio -- 5 The New and the Old in Religion, /Thomas Luckmann -- 6 Families, Childrearing, and Education Opening Remarks, /Charles E. Bidwell -- Institutions and Human Capital Development, /Mary C. Brinton -- Individuals, Institutions, and Academic Achievement, /fames W. Stigler -- PART THREE -- CHANGES IN SYSTEMS OF SOCIAL CONTROL -- 7 On the Individualistic Theory of Social Order, /Alessandro Pizzorno -- 8 Discretion, Institutions, and the Problem of Government Commitment, /Kenneth A. Shepsle -- 9 Law Without Accidents, /Kim Lane Scheppele -- PART FOUR -- NEW POLITICAL BOUNDARIES AND NEW POLITICAL FORMS -- 10 Bounded States in a Global Market: The Uses of International Labor Migrations, /Aristide R. Zolberg -- 11 Intellectuals and Domination in Post-Communist Societies, /George Konrad and Ivan Szelenyi -- Epilogue: On the Possibility of a Field of World Sociology, /Pierre Bourdieu -- About the Book and Editors.