Introduction the Politics of Social Life

James M. Jasper

in Getting Your Way

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226394756
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226394749 | DOI:
Introduction the Politics of Social Life

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This chapter discusses a political theory of social and economic life. In the political model, people strategize both as individuals and as groups—with group formation being a key strategy but also frequently a goal. Dialogue and persuasion are front and center in the political image which allows the readers to appreciate clashes between different points of view. It then explains that humans operate according to routine rather than strategy when one have no awareness of one's means and ends; it is instrumental rather than strategic action if the objects of a person's design are not humans with minds. Even when a person is purposively interacting with humans who are aware of his or her actions, a person's interaction can be either strategic or symbolic. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: political theory; strategy; goal; dialogue; persuasion; strategic actions

Chapter.  5913 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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