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The Hinge – Civil Society, Group Cultures, and the Power of Local Commitments - Chicago Scholarship Online
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The Hinge: Civil Society, Group Cultures, and the Power of Local Commitments

Gary Alan Fine


The Hinge is an exploration of the way in which vibrant groups and established local communities help to create bonds within civil society and lead to the development of institutional commitments. Drawing from his extensive background in social psychology and micro-sociology, Gary Alan Fine provides a richly detailed theoretical argument about why and how social relations are integral to political life. Fine argues that scholars must incorporate essential building blocks in understanding the development of allegiance to society, drawing on the existence of collaboration, friendships, associati ... More

Keywords: sociology of culture, group culture, interaction order, circuits of action, tiny publics, small groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226745527
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226745831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Alan Fine, author
Northwestern University

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