Cultural continuity in subjective definition of situations

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Edward Henry Albert (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Knox

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between subjective definition of situations and the objective cultural continuity that links one situation with other like situations. It was proposed that rules of operation in situations, here called situated rules, provide a structure within which any culturally standardized situation operates and through which a situation is recognizable as the same from one instance of its occurrence to another. It was further proposed that individuals construct their subjective definitions of the situation with reference to situated rules, and that differences in situations due to differing situational definitions can be accounted for by optional elaborations that accompany situated rules. Data were collected from two sources. First, approximately thirty-three "country auctions" were observed to determine the nature of the continuity that inhered between them. Second, a school for auctioneers was attended and observed as a means of uncovering the auctioneer's role in preservation of the observed situational continuity. Qualitative data collection techniques were used throughout the study with a heavy reliance on participant and nonparticipant observation, unstructured interviews, and the review of tape-recorded materials.

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Language: English
Date: 1974
Auctions $x Social aspects
Auctioneers $x Training of

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