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Social Interaction and Social Structure: Status and Role

PRELIMINARY REMARKS

The social sphere consists of the interactions of pluralities of human individuals. These interactions lead to the formation of social systems and account for their continuity as well as change. That is why, in sociological analysis, we do not focus on the individual as a biological being, or even as a personality. These are the fields of specialization for physical anthropologists and psychologists, respectively. Both biology and psychology, of course, influence the performance of the individual as a culture bearing and a culture creating actor interacting with his/her counterparts. It is this latter aspect of role playing that is the concern of sociology.

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