Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Wayne Wheeler


The study of community power structure by scholars from a number of academic areas, in recent years has been fraught with controversy with respect to theory, research methods and substantive findings. This area of dispute has been particularly marked among those representing the fields of sociology and political science, with those two fields generally having represented polemical positions on a number of points concerning the structure of power in communities and how it should be studied, especially with respect to how holders of power might best be identified.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Roger L. Pearson July, 1968

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