group dynamics

In one sense, all sociology is about group dynamics, but the term is usually applied to the structure of, and processes within, small face-to-face groups. The terrain is largely occupied by psychologists, but is integrated into sociology, mainly through the work of Talcott Parsons and the American social psychologist Robert F. Bales (see Family, Socialisation and Interaction Process, 1955, and Working Papers in the Theory of Action, 1953). Bales's related publications include Interaction Process Analysis: A Method for the Study of Small Groups (1950), and SYMLOG: A System for Multiple Level Observation of Groups(1979).

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