Memo 3 - Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theory Memo...

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Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theory September 27, 2007 Memo Three At any party people will move from being an independent entity to becoming part of the social system of that party. People will eventually start congregating with other like minded or interesting individuals and in turn form their own social system. An individual will move from the psychic system of his mind’s thoughts into a social system of communication with other individuals at the party. There is also double contingency going on between the individuals congregating into a mini social system within the party. What person A does is contingent upon the behaviors and expectations of person B with whom he is talking to. And what person B does or says is contingent upon what person B thinks the behaviors and expectations of person A will be. Person A, for example, may not talk about his dislike of the war in Iraq if he believes that person B is a republican. Person B may think that person A is not interested in politics because he is not talking about anything political.
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