The Origins of Status Hierarchies: A Formal Theory and Empirical Test1

@article{Gould2002TheOO,
  title={The Origins of Status Hierarchies: A Formal Theory and Empirical Test1},
  author={Roger V. Gould},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={2002},
  volume={107},
  pages={1143 - 1178}
}
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