By Kevin Hillstrom, Lawrence W. Baker
Indexes the volumes (Almanac, Biographies, and first assets) within the American Civil struggle Reference Library.
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Slavery and Social Death, I I . 9 The pattern reflects to a great extent the kind of compliance to work life and to the class system that has been expected, and extracted, from their parents. It is as if working-class youngsters are being trained for a life in which there is no necessary connection-perhaps even a contradiction-between their public conformity to the realities of power and their confidential attitudes. The problem we face in examining a public transcript of deference amounts to this: how can we estimate the impact of power relations on action when the exercise of power is nearly constant?
Those at each position defer to those placed higher. Looked at in this fashion, deference is one of the consequences of a stratification system rather than its creator. We are in danger of making a serious mistake, therefore, whenever we infer anything at all about the beliefs or attitudes of anyone solely on the basis that he or she has engaged in an apparently deferential act. "6 There is little doubt that acts of deference-for example, a bow of greeting or the use of a superior's honorific in addressing him-are intended in some sense to convey the outward impression of conformity with standards sustained by superiors.
Ray Huang, 1571: A Year ofNo Significance. 2 I . The New Class, 82. 22 The seclusion available to elites not only affords them a place to relax from the formal requirements of their role but also minimizes the chance that familiarity will breed contempt or, at least, diminish the impression their ritually managed appearances create. Balzac captures the fear of overexposure, as it now might be termed, among the Parisian magistrates of the mid-nineteenth century, Ah what an unfortunate man your true magistrate is!
American Civil War Reference Library, Cumulative Index by Kevin Hillstrom, Lawrence W. Baker