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Private truths, public lies : the social consequences of preference falsification

Author: Timur Kuran
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Univ. Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Preference falsification is the act of misrepresenting one's feelings under perceived social pressure. This text provides a unified theory of how preference falsification shapes collective decisions,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timur Kuran
ISBN: 0674707575 9780674707573
OCLC Number: 243820485
Description: XV, 423 Seiten : Diagramme
Contents: Part 1 Living a lie: the significance of preference falsification; private and public preferences; private opinion, public opinion; the dynamics of public opinion; institutional sources of preference falsification. Part 2 Inhibiting change: collective conservatism; the obstinacy of communism; the ominous perseverance of the caste system; the unwanted spread of affirmative action. Part 3 Distorting knowledge: public discourse and private knowledge; the unthinkable and the unthought; the caste ethic of submission; the blind spots of communism; the unfading spectre of white racism. Part 4 Generating surprise: unforeseen political revolutions; the fall of communism and other sudden overturns; the hidden complexities of social evolution; from slavery to affirmative action; preference falsification and social analysis.
Responsibility: Timur Kuran.
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