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Marine Biologist The Doorman Opposite George Newman's Mail The Bootleg Marriage
Just Dessert Sleep Desk Late Coffee High Stakes Motor Oil Downtown
Code Cracking Nonfat Yogurt Bad Boy It's Not You I Can't Be... Exploding Wallet
Elaine Flies Coach The Close Talker The Alliance Broccoli Coated Culture Dinner Party
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|[a] "Come back...one year" RF|
The careful observer will note, however, that these matters are far more complicated than the rantings of a tyrant (even tyranny is a social process). The first kind of theoretical issues that strike me here are the relationship between individual and society—between the particularities and even peculiarities of one individual and the larger social network. We can see this in the opening scenes of the clips below, as George and Jerry "rehearse" the "correct" behavior, and worry about the consequences of failure. In fact, Durkheim's social fact (see below) will get us a long way down the interpretive road.
Other themes worth examining include Kramer's ability (a storied one that appears in many episodes) to connect with people from all walks of life. He is a kind of social virtuoso on the margins of society. ("You are the only person who understands me"). His social virtuosity does not extend to armoire-stealing street toughs, however, as the full episode shows.
|[b] "You're pushing your luck, little man RF|
Now start thinking about classical theorists, social order, and coercion or...
Economically Determined Power and the Social Order
Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlook
|[d] Engels | Marx; beards|
What is a Social Fact?
|[e] Uncle Emile|
 R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms, Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History Fourth Edition (New York: McGraw Hill, 2008), 103.
McGee, Anthropological Theory, 65.
McGee, Anthropological Theory, 73. Italics mine.