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Politics and Social Structure in a Norwegian Village

George K. Park and Lee Soltow
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 67, No. 2 (Sep., 1961), pp. 152-164
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2774883
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Leveling in the distribution of economic goods in a small Norwegian town over a twenty-year period is such as to cast doubt upon the rational basis for the keen local political factionalism. Analysis reveals a definite relationship of political preference to occupation rank, although not to income, wealth, or age. Occupational strata thus constitute a set of positions which support broad differences of interest in an egalitarian nation which does not recognize a class system, while politics provides some of the gratifications secured elewhere by class distinctions.

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