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The Local Community as an Ecology of Games
Norton E. Long
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 64, No. 3 (Nov., 1958), pp. 251-261
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2773192
Page Count: 11
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The local community can be usefully conceptualized as an ecology of games. In the territorial system a variety of games goes on: banking, newspaper publishing, contracting, manufacturing, etc. The games give structures, goals, roles, strategies, tactics, and publics to the players. Players in each game make use of players in the others for their particular purposes. A banker uses the politician, the newspaperman, or the contractor in his game and is, in turn, used by them in theirs. The interaction of the games produces unintended but systemically functional results for the ecology. An over-all top leadership and social game provide a vague set of commonly shared values that promotes co-operation in the system though it does not provide a government.
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