© 1985

Social System Accounts

Linking Social and Economic Indicators Through Tangible Behavior Settings


Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLU, volume 44)

About this book


This book results from a research program on which I have spent most of my time since 1974. It addresses two of the major problems facing social system account ing: how to measure and account for nonmarket activities and how to combine social and economic indicators. The solution I propose is accounts based on behavior settings, a concept originated by Roger G. Barker more than thirty years ago. Behavior settings are the natural units of social activity into which people sort themselves to get on with the busi­ ness of daily life--grocery stores, school classes, reI i­ gious services, meetings, athletic events, and so on. The descriptive power of behavior settings has been established in surveys of complete communities in the United States and England, of high schools ranging in size from fewer than 100 to more than 2000 students, of rehabilitation centers in hospitals, and of several other types of organizations. Behavior settings are empirical facts of everyday life. A description of a community or an organization in terms of behavior settings corresponds to common experi­ ence. In many cases, small establishments are behavior settings; the paid roles in behavior settingsare occupa­ tions; and the buildings and equipment of establishments are the buildings and equipment of behavior settings.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social System Accounts
  • Book Subtitle Linking Social and Economic Indicators Through Tangible Behavior Settings
  • Authors K. Fox
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2020-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8875-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5382-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Methodology of the Social Sciences
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