Hierarchy is the structuring of social statuses and roles within an
organization or society ranked according to differentiations of power, authority, wealth,
income, etc. Related terms of 'hierarchy' are ranking or stratification.
Issues of hierarchy extend beyond issues of social class.
Varieties of Hierarchies
and Markets: an Introduction
GARY G. HAMILTON, Univ of Washington Seattle, ROBERT C. FEENSTRA, Univ of California
Abstract: The paper presents both a theoretical and an empirical argument that the concept
of hierarchy needs to be reconceptualized.
In our theoretical discussion we
develop a synthesis between Coase's and Williamson's conception of a market/hierarchy
dichotomy and Weber's distinction between economic power and authority. We hold that the
authoritative aspects of hierarchies, especially within networks of firms, have
independent effects on the formation of market economies.
Gender Hierarchy Among
Gujarati Immigrants: Linking Immigration Policy and Cultural Norms. - Nandini
Narain Assar - DISSERTATION ABSTRACT
The nature of motel work allows women to contribute their labor full-time and still remain
housewives: they are not recognized as workers. Community financing and family labor, both
escapes from the market economy, allow for the economic success of Patels. When families
take on subsequent links in the chain migration, they must meet the costs of migration for
new immigrants, and maintain traditional gender hierarchy. When they are the last link in
the chain, there is a challenge to this hierarchy. In the second generation, when they
remain in the motel business, Patels maintain traditional gender hierarchy. When either
partner is linked to the labor market, there is a challenge to traditional gender
Ryon Lancaster. Constructing
Careers: The Creation of Hierarchy in the Catholic Church.
Class Identities and the
Identity of Class
Wendy Bottero, University of Southampton - Sociology, Vol. 38, No. 5, 985-1003 (2004)
The uneasy relationship between older and newer aspects of class within
renewed class theory means the wider implications of inequality considered as
individualized hierarchy (rather than as class) have not been fully
explored.The debate on class identities (an important example of this new form of class
analysis) illustrates these difficulties, and shows that issues of hierarchy extend well
beyond issues of class.
We analyse the occupational
structure of friendship and present empirical results that show that there is one
dimension of this structure that can be plausibly interpreted as reflecting a hierarchy of
status. This status hierarchy is gender-neutral, and displays clear continuities with that
depicted for the later nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries in historical and
earlier sociological research. We further show that the correlation between social status
and both income and education is only rather modest. As regards status and class, we find
that while some classes show a rather high degree of status homogeneity, in other classes
status stratification is quite extensive. - 'Is There a Status Order in
Contemporary British Society? Evidence from the Occupational Structure of Friendship',
Working Paper Number 2002-03, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, October,
Chan, Tak Wing and Goldthorpe, John (2002)
The Enduring Place of Hierarchy in World Politics: Tracing the Social Logics of
Hierarchy and Political Change - John M. Hobson, Univ. of Sheffield, J. C.
Sharman, Univ. of Sydney, Australia - European Journal of International Relations,
Vol. 11, No.1
Conventional wisdom maintains that since 1648 the international system has comprised
states-as-like units endowed with Westphalian sovereignty under anarchy. And while radical
globalization theorists certainly dispute the centrality of the state in modern world
politics, nevertheless most assume that the state retains its sovereignty under globalization. In contrast we argue that hierarchical
sub-systems (and hence unlike units) have been common since 1648, and that the
international system continues to be characterized by hierarchical (as well as anarchic)
relations. The article goes on to reveal the existence of these multiple hierarchic
formations and uncovers the differing social logics connected with identity-formation
processes that govern their reproduction. Successive religious, racial, socialist and
democratic social logics not only constitute their reproduction, but the emergence of new
norms, social ideas and identities have to an important extent accounted for the rise and
decay of successive hierarchies.
Hierarchy, Alienation, Commitment, and Organizational Effectiveness
William M. Evan, The Wharton School, Department of Sociology and Management, University of
Pennsylvania, Human Relations, Vol. 30, No. 1, 77-94 (1977)
Four dimensions of organizational hierarchy are identified: inequality of skills and
knowledge, inequality of rewards, inequality of authority, and inequality of information
distribution. Instead of the prevailing and largely untested hypothesis that hierarchical
structure is positively related to organizational effectiveness, an alternative hypothesis
is formulated, viz., that it is negatively related. This hypothesis is linked to a causal
model interrelating hierarchical structure with work alienation, organizational
commitment, and organizational effectiveness. Some evidence for the alternative hypothesis
is examined. The four-dimensional concept is then used to assess the burgeoning literature
on industrial democracy. The phenomenon of "shop-floor democracy" is
conceptualized as involving a process of destratification with respect to allfour
dimensions of hierarchy.
WELFARE, HIERARCHY AND
THE `NEW RIGHT': THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL POLICY CHANGES IN BRITAIN, 1979-1989 -
International Sociology, Vol. 4, No. 4, (1989)
The policy statements of the British Conservative government are heavily influenced by
`new right' ideology. However, progress towards the declared goals of spending constraint,
the expansion of the private sector, a high degree of selectivity in state provision and
tax reduction has been slow. Changes in policy are better understood in terms of a
redirection rather than a rolling back of the state; a greater emphasis in welfare
intervention on the sustenance of the existing pattern of class inequalities and family
dependency, and the nourishing of forces which will press for further shifts in this
direction. The impact of policy change fits an old right programme of dependency,
obligation and hierarchy better than a `new right' ideology of market individualism. ...
obligation and hierarchy better than a `new right' ideology of market individualism.