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Book chapter

Солидарности и «абстрактные правила» в обществах XXI века

С. 249-256.

Sociological theory concluded for a long time that social integration can not be based only on the mutual economic nterest and interdependence. The important role in this connection belongs to such forms of integration as solidarity (cohesion, consensus, etc.), on the one hand, and social regulation and self-regulation (symbols, values, norms), on the other hand. The first of these forms supposes the unity with some ("one's own") people and common identity with the  members of one's own group as such; the other form is the adherence to definite rules having symbolic, value and normative aspects. It can be formulated a kind of sociological quasi-law: the more great and complex is a society, the more important in it are the abstract, general rules and the less important is solidarity, and vice versa.