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consider an extraordinary subculture, the Oneida community, sharing an unusual set of religious beliefs and following an individual with unusual personal magnetism, John Humphrey Noyes. He exercised what is referred to as charismatic authority. This refers to the power made legitimate by a leader’s exceptional personal or emotional appeal to his or her followers . . . Noyes was able to lead and inspire without relying on established rules or traditions. Noyes acquired a reputation for being a radical, and although he was granted his license to preach in 1833, he was not a success. At one point . . . he declared himself to be without sin. . . . For the next few years [Noyes] traveled through Ne 102 get the topic: WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SOCIAL GROUPS? Chapter 06 These people work in the same building, maybe even in the same office. But are these people a social group? >>> Even if you aren’t familiar with Noyes and his Oneida group, the remnants of this group have crept into your daily life. Any time you’ve eaten with Oneida silverware, you’re using utensils that come from a community that believed it could live without sin and where monogamy was unnatural for both men and women. All that remains of the community, which dissolved in 1879, is the famous Oneida silverware corporation. We only need examine Noyes’s leadership, the members’ interactions with one another, and their ultimate dissolution to understand what can make a group triumph or flop. I n a world without sin, where polygamy reigns and formal religion is shunned, one man, believed by his followers to be God, leads with an iron fist. This sounds like the deep voice of a movie trailer, but instead it’s the real life story of John Humphrey Noyes. SOCIAL GROUPS are groups that consist of two or more people who interact with one another and share a common identity. fans are rather diverse. In this chapter, we’ll take an in-depth look at the role of social groups in our lives. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all belong to a social group in some way or another—families, close friends, teammates, classmates, clubs, and organizations are all examples of groups to which we belong. Few of us could live totally self-reliant lives, so we find groups on which to depend. Of course, not all groups are the same. For all intents and purposes, your membership in your family is permanent, but you might not work with the same people for the rest of your life. Although no two groups are alike, they do have two In the 2010 NCAA Basketball Final Four Championship, 142,000 people bought tickets, making it the second highest attendance record for the men’s tournament.2 At the same time, thousands of soldiers faced redeployment in Afghanistan. There is certainly a difference between a crowd that gathers to watch basketball and a unified military group. For one, the values and goals of the army are unified, while those of the basketball Social Groups two or more people who interact with one another and share a common identity are can be categorized into two main types +
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