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  • ISBN: 9780226104393
  • ISBN10: 0226104397

Rational Lives Norms and Values in Politics and Society

by Dennis Chong

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/2000
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List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Interests versus Values Rational Choice Status Politics Symbolic Politics Does Rational Choice Theory Survive the Challenges Posed by the Symbolic Politics Research? Taking Stock of Expressive and Instrumental Theories 2. A Model of Individual Choice Dispositions and Incentives Reference Groups and Conformity Group Dynamics A Model of Individual Choice Incentives: The Meaning of Pi Reinforcing Only L Reinforcing Only R Dispositions: The Meaning of a and b Exposure to Both L and R Deductions: The Interplay between Incentives and Dispositions Conclusion 3. Coordination and Conflict Four Mechanisms of Defense Coordination Problems Ethnocentrism Vested Interests Majorities and Minorities Conclusion 4. Cultural Mobilization Creating Common Frames of Reference Deductions General Strategies The Element of Surprise Convergence on a Focal Point Arguing with Principles Conclusion 5. Economics Meets Morality in a Texas Community Background Setting the Agenda Framing Strategies following the First Vote Completing Worldviews The Role of Social and Moral Beliefs in Solving Coordination Problems Morality, Trust, and Social Order Political Repercussions of Cultural Diversity Evaluating Information and Reasoning about Means and Ends Are the Citizens of Williamson County Acting in Their Self-Interest? Conclusion 6. Mass Adjustment to New Norms Incentives and Dispositions (Reprised) Social Adjustment to New Norms and Practices A Model of Social Adjustment Mechanisms of Social Change How the South Was Won Conclusion 7. Culture and Strategy A Unifying Theory Value Formation Social Change The Limits of Rationality Expressive and Moral Action A Final Word Notes Bibliography Index
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