Rational Ritual : Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge / Edition 1

Rational Ritual : Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge / Edition 1

by Chwe, Michael Suk-Young Chwe, Michael Suk-Young
     
 

"This is a very compelling and original work. It is the best conceptual book I have read in economics in several years. It will have an immediate and enthusiastic readership in the social sciences and will make Chwe's name as an important thinker."--Tyler Cowen, George Mason University"Rational Ritual is engaging, well organized, and well written. It brings together… See more details below

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"This is a very compelling and original work. It is the best conceptual book I have read in economics in several years. It will have an immediate and enthusiastic readership in the social sciences and will make Chwe's name as an important thinker."--Tyler Cowen, George Mason University"Rational Ritual is engaging, well organized, and well written. It brings together the tools of game theory and the issues posed within a wide variety of areas of contemporary social theory to address an important problem. Students and scholars in diverse academic disciplines--including political science, sociology, anthropology, and some areas of cultural studies--will find the book both relevant and accessible."--David Ruccio, University of Notre Dame

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900691114711
Publisher:
California-Princeton Fulfillment Services
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
1Introduction3
What This Book Is Good For3
The Argument8
Coordination Problems11
Common Knowledge13
Where the Argument Comes From16
2Applications19
Ceremonies and Authority19
How Do Rituals Work?25
Inward-Facing Circles30
On the Waterfront33
Believe the Hype37
The Price of Publicity49
Strong Links and Weak Links61
The Chapel in the Panopticon66
3Elaborations74
Competing Explanations74
Is Common Knowledge an Impossible Ideal?76
Meaning and Common Knowledge79
Contesting Common Knowledge83
Common Knowledge and History87
Common Knowledge and Group Identity91
4Conclusion94
AppThe Argument Expressed Diagrammatically101
References113
Index127

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