Journal 2 - Hong Lai Henry Chan Sociology 1 Prof John Fox...

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Hong Lai Henry Chan Sociology 1 Prof. John Fox Journal 2 “Clique Dynamics” by Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, is an article basically about children’s friendship groups and the effects that produce on individual. At the first glance, I feel unfamiliar with the word clique, which I have to check up from the dictionary. So instead of collecting data on the whole development process of children, Patricia and Peter choose to focus the impact of friendly during elementary school period. Again, through the eyes of sociologist, friendship circle can actually divided into different layer, and it took several processes to complete. Roughly speaking, it can be divided into leaders, followers and wannabes, every single levels control different power and can be regards as a “systems of dominance” from the book. Patricia and Peter see the process when different people meet as a recruitment and application, which I think it related to an idea of demand and supply. People forms group not just for fun, it is because they want to create social status, and perhaps power. I really like the way that the authors mention friendship as a system just like the social structures. And I think social structures are the combination of these different cliques. Like a company, there will be people quit and join, and that is how another subtopic appears “friendship realignment”. It stated, “People who remained more closely tied to the leaders were more popular”. Reading this sentence
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  • Summer '13
  • Pasion
  • Sociology, Peter Adler, different roles, Patricia Adler

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