CH00_Postscript - VII. Social Psychological Adjustments to...

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VII. Social Psychological Adjustments to Atomism A. The Ojibwa community is atomistic : a "loose knit social unit." B. Structural atomism is characterized by weak corporate and political authority. Honingman observes: 1. Primary concern with individual interest, personal freedom and avoidance of constraints. 2. Tendency to avoid interpersonal contact. Interactions are marked by reserve, restraint, caution, or suppression of feeling (frozen affect) and are most often confined to short-term consequences and do not give rise to long-term social obligations. 3. People are reluctant to commit themselves to large groups (surrender personal power), so that attempts at larger-scale organization usually fails for lack of cooperation. 4. Social ties are brittle due to the absence of compelling political authority and the reluctance to delegate or even assume political authority. 5. Social relations are marked by strain and hostility.
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CH00_Postscript - VII. Social Psychological Adjustments to...

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