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By Martin Gold

Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Presentation of the author's version of social psychology which specializes in the reciprocal kinfolk among the individual and the social atmosphere.

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P. 36) Parsons suggested that the tangent of two levels of analysis is to be found at the point of isomorphic functions. Thus, if roles provide the normative regulation of a social system, then social systems make contact with personalities through the normative regulatory component of personalities. Because all action systems have equivalent functional elements, then it is conceptually possible to identify the points of tangency among them all. ” This is the feature of the metalanguage that facilitates translation.

Most important to social psychology, it is the one in which the nervous system is a given and sets the conditions for the physiological bases of psychological processes. Physiological psychology studies it; the internal milieu contains its boundary conditions. The social environment is in a theoretical sense the least familiar of the three. It has not usually been distinguished, especially from the physical. In distinguishing the “social” here, I do not claim to have found its definition explicit or even implicit in the literature.

Miller, 1978, pp. 94-95). The facilitating idea is that this propaedeutic principle can be derived wholly from the general systemic properties of cells or sense organs without involving any conditions peculiar to either. Researchers of phenomena in one system might apply principles discovered in another to explain their data or might initiate studies to test the principle under the conditions of the systems within their purview. This kind of cross-disciplinary integration is not limited to the empirical sciences; the invention of pure mathematics (the epitome of metalanguage) can also be used by empirical sciences to generate hypotheses.

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