Journal Article

Cultural Integration and Its Discontents

Timur Kuran and William H. Sandholm

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 75, issue 1, pages 201-228
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-937X.2007.00469.x
Cultural Integration and Its Discontents

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A community's culture is defined by the preferences and equilibrium behaviours of its members. Contacts among communities alter individual cultures through two interrelated mechanisms: behavioural adaptations driven by pay-offs to coordination, and preference changes shaped by socialization and self-persuasion. This paper explores the workings of these mechanisms through a model of cultural integration in which preferences and behaviours vary continuously. It identifies a broad set of conditions under which cross-cultural contacts promote cultural hybridization. The analysis suggests that policies to support social integration serve to homogenize preferences across communities, thereby undermining a key objective of multiculturalism. Yielding fresh insights into strategies pursued to influence cultural trends, it also shows that communities benefit from having other communities adjust their behaviours.

Keywords: Z13

Journal Article.  12019 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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