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SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTIONS OF PERSONALITY

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Abstract:

Sociological conceptions of personality are identified and synthesized by means of a number of pro positions derived from definitional and theoretical themes in the literature. These propositions are tested in content analyses of references to personality found in textbooks of introductory sociology. Questions addressed include the extent to which personality lies within the domain of sociology, the degree of conceptual consensus, and the distinctiveness of sociological approaches to personality. Is there a good fit between expected and observed conceptions? The answers are in the main negative. It is suggested that the trait-bound conception of personality has diffused from classical personology to sociology and that conceptions of personality within sociology remain quite traditional in this and other respects. Conclusions of the study assess the implications for the field of sociology of personality as well as for the status of personality in sociology more broadly.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1982.10.1.25

Publication date: 1982-01-01

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