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Such organizations - so familiar a part of the social landscape of differentiated societies - also develop normative systems which are designed to anticipate and thereby mitigate such conflicting expectations. (1957, p. 117) Merton's treatment of mechanisms was designed to open avenues of inquiry rather than to settle upon a set of conclusions about these mechanisms. It is the thrust of the approach, and what it does not deal with, that is most important to understand. The approach is not concerned with the manner in which an actor weighs alternative demands, forms an opinion, or settles on a course of action.
Such modifications alter the social positions of actors and, potentially, the outcomes of the social system. However, this theory does not deal with such changes in the circumstances of actors, nor does it address the antecedents of social structure - ecology, culture, demographics, and politics. The theory allows an investigation of the consequences of a social structure and a comparative analysis of structural change, but it is not a theory of social structure. Which type of theory is more important for sociology is not a useful question: both are important; however, there is a natural order in which the two sets of theoretical issues should be tackled.
10) In the first case (A = O), endogenous interpersonal influences are negligible and actors' equilibrium opinions are their initial opinions. In the second case (A = I), endogenous interpersonal influences are dominant and exogenous conditions have no direct impact on opinions other than forming the actors' initial opinions on an issue. Thus, apart from these extreme circumstances, the opinions that are formed at each point in the process reflect the competing influences of the personal circumstances of actors and the opinions (and, therefore, indirectly the circumstances) of their significant others.
A Structural Theory of Social Influence (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) by Noah E. Friedkin