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  1. Theory and Formalization: Some Reflections on Experience.Joseph Berger - 2000 - Sociological Theory 18 (3):482-489.
    I describe in this paper some of my efforts in developing formal theories of social processes. These include work on models of occupational mobility, on models to describe the emergence of expectations out of performance evaluations, and on the graph theory formulation of the Status Characteristics theory. Not all models have been equally significant in developing theory. However, the graph theory formulation has played a central role in the growth of the Expectation States program. It has been involved in the (...)
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    Construction of Status and Referential Structures.Joseph Berger, Cecilia L. Ridgeway & Morris Zelditch - 2002 - Sociological Theory 20 (2):157-179.
    Beliefs about diverse status characteristics have a common core content of performance capacities and qualities made up of two features: hierarchy (superior/inferior capacities) and role-differentiation (instrumental/expressive qualities). Whatever the status characteristic, its more-valued state tends to be defined as superior and instrumental, and the less-valued state tends to be defined as inferior but expressive. We account for this in terms of the typification of differences in behavioral inequalities and profiles that emerge in task oriented social interaction. Status construction theory argues (...)
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    Theory Programs and Theoretical Problems.Joseph Berger, David Willer & Morris Zelditch - 2005 - Sociological Theory 23 (2):127-155.
    Some sociologists argue that sociological theory does not grow and the reason why it does not grow is that the discipline lacks a core of highly developed, almost universally accepted, paradigms; even worse, because it is reflexive, its criteria of problem and theory choice are so noncognitive that there are no paradigms, hence no progress, in its future. We do not question that sociology lacks a core of almost universally accepted paradigms, nor that highly developed paradigms may be a sufficient (...)
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  4. Displaced Persons: A Human Tragedy of World War II.Joseph A. Berger - forthcoming - Social Research.
     
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