Middle-Status Conformity : Theoretical Restatement and Empirical Demonstration in Two Markets 1

  title={Middle-Status Conformity : Theoretical Restatement and Empirical Demonstration in Two Markets 1},
  author={Damon J. Phillips},
This article aims to reestablish the long-standing conjecture that conformity is high at the middle and low at either end of a status order. On a theoretical level, the article clarifies the basis for expecting such an inverted U-shaped curve, taking care to specify key scope conditions on the social-psychological orientations of the actors, the characteristics of the status structure, and the nature of the relevant actions. It also validates the conjecture in two settings that both meet such… CONTINUE READING
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