The inexorable advance of large-scale organisation in general, and of state power in particular, has another effect. Besides destroying the sentiment of community, the increasingly complex and disciplined order which results leads in time to the destruction of diversity. It brings the elimination of the independent, the eccentric and the original; the imposition of a single, uniform, standardised system. This process too is to be seen in socialist and non-socialist systems alike. Indeed this too is perhaps most evident of all in socialist states.
KeywordsPowerful Socialisation Cocktail Party Social Intercourse Modern Industrial Society Ideal Mother
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- 1.David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd (New York, 1950) remains one of the best studies of the pressures to conformity in modern societies.Google Scholar