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Horowitz (1962, p. " The present theory satisfies Horowitz's criterion. 2 Concluding Remarks In this chapter, I have introduced an approach to the analysis of social differentiation that builds on a formal model of the social influence process. I have shown how this approach addresses certain important theoretical issues concerning the effects of social structure on individual and collective outcomes. A structural social psychology begins with the understanding that an episode of interpersonal influence is not an isolated event, but one that occurs among many other interpersonal influences.
This suggestion is misleading, and I shall point to, and develop, a structural social psychology that both attends to and informs an analysis of social structures (Chapter 2). The neutralization argument raises subtle and interesting questions. Given a pattern of equally balanced influences that pull an actor in different directions, the net effect of such influence will be an unchanged opinion. But this is a very special case of crosspressure. Cross-pressures also may be unbalanced and give rise to change in the actor's opinion.
Consequently, the approach does not provide an account of the content of the opinions that are formed by actors in particular positions. Moreover, it is not concerned with the manner in which a consensus of opinion is produced among the set of 18 1 Social Structure and Social Control alters of a focal actor or among actors in larger regions of the social structure. Merton (1957, p. 117) recognized that the mechanisms to which he pointed might only slightly reduce the conflicting influences of alters upon a focal actor and that the residual conflict in the role-set might be considerable.
A Structural Theory of Social Influence (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) by Noah E. Friedkin