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AbstractSolitude and commonality – or ”two-ness” – are two central traditions in social scientific thinking. In much of social scientific research it is the socially isolated and lonely individual that is in focus as the given and natural theoretical starting point. Against this tradition of solitude the tradition of commonality or ”two-ness” has always been a smaller but vigorous tradition starting from the exemplar of two (or more) individuals doing something together or jointly. The commonality tradition is discussed with special reference to the ideas of George Herbert Mead. Three central concepts are singled out and discussed: (1) Intersubjectivity as connected to the problem of co-ordination of actions; (2) interaction as the problem of linking actions to each other; (3) institution as the problem of concerted actions of people over time.