Community and consistency: The ethnic factor in status inconsistency

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The concept of status inconsistency has been continuously refined and elaborated for several years. The development of the concept of individual status inconsistency is surveyed and criticisms voiced against its utility. Special consideration is paid to application of status inconsistency in explaining politcal processes. An alternative explanation is offered from the perspective of historical social marginality and persistence of ethnic group traditions. Suggestions are made for recasting status inconsistency into a collective rather than individual phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1972
Externally publishedYes


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