COMMUNITY STRUCTURE AS INTERORGANIZATIONAL LINKAGES! Edward O. Laumann Center for Social Organization Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 Joseph Galaskiewicz Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 Peter V. Marsden Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514 The twin topics of urban community structure and decision-making proÂ cesses pertaining to matters of public policy have increasingly captured the interest of urban sociologists. Over the last two decades, a tradition has grown to integrate these topics with a perspective drawn from the literature on formal organizations and administration. Its distinctive contribution is a conception of community structure as an aggregate network of interorÂ ganizational relations. Much of this literature was developed by students of social service administration who were concerned with promoting coordiÂ nation among diverse agencies, which collectively deal with particular soÂ cial problems. In this article, we critically review the growth of this tradition within the context of other developments in sociology and point to some unsolved problems and potentially fruitful topics for future study. The study of urban social structure dates from the origins of empirical sociology in the United States (cf Park, Burgess & McKenzie 1967). Studies
Annual Review of Sociology – Annual Reviews
Published: Aug 1, 1978
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