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The Sociological Import of G. H. Mead's Theory of the Past

David R. Maines, Noreen M. Sugrue and Michael A. Katovich
American Sociological Review
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr., 1983), pp. 161-173
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095102
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Abstract

Mead's theory of the past, which contains his theory of temporality, is scrutinized for its relevance to sociological concerns. His theory is described, and four analytical dimensions are identified which provide the basis for discussing that relevance. Several standard areas of sociological endeavor are briefly analyzed in terms of those dimensions, and then a detailed analysis of community power relations is provided in light of his theory. It is concluded that Mead's theory of temporality is a powerful framework for organizing an array of sociological interests and problems.

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