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Structural Crystallization, Status Inconsistency and Political Partisanship
Thomas S. Smith
American Sociological Review
Vol. 34, No. 6 (Dec., 1969), pp. 907-921
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095981
Page Count: 15
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Structural crystallization is a concept of the development of fixed structural properties in individual status ensembles. It is introduced to organize a variety of theoretical tools useful in analyzing the effects of stratification on individual behavior. The properties of the concept are explored and a number of propositions are derived relating it to political partisanship in the United States. The hypothesized effects of crystallization suggest refinements in conventional predictions of the association between partisanship and individual status positions, on the one hand, and types of status inconsistency, on the other. Tests of the hypotheses are carried out with data from presidential election surveys.
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