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Gregory P. Stone (1921–1981): An Interpretive Analysis of His Work

The Interaction Order

ISBN: 978-1-78769-546-7, eISBN: 978-1-78769-545-0

Publication date: 5 February 2019


Gregory P. Stone (1921–1981) made original contributions to the fields of urban sociology, social psychology, sociology of sport, and sociological theory. His work gave rise to a set of empirically grounded concepts including nonranked status aggregates, personalization, universes of appearance, and personal and collective identity. These concepts developed over time, were based on quantitative research, and provide continuity to Stone’s work. This essay will elaborate on these concepts in order to consolidate and interpret Stone’s contribution to sociology.




An earlier version of this material was presented at the Annual SSSI Stone Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, on March 16–21, 1989. The current version was prepared largely while on sabbatical from Stony Brook University in Spring 2014. For their support of this project, I thank Frances L. Brisbane, PhD, Vice President, Health Sciences Workforce Diversity, and Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. I also would like to thank Norman K. Denzin and Robert S. Perinbanayagam for helpful comments on an earlier draft.


Farberman, H.A. (2019), "Gregory P. Stone (1921–1981): An Interpretive Analysis of His Work", The Interaction Order (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 50), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 3-27.



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