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Conclusion Thinking through Dilemmas

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226394749.003.0008
Conclusion Thinking through Dilemmas

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This chapter describes a number of dilemmas and how to think about (and with) them. It also suggests how a number of fields of inquiry might benefit from attention to strategic issues. Lists of strategic principles never guarantee success, especially when other players have the same lists. At best, they offer problems to consider, mistakes to avoid. The term dilemma may imply that people feel torn equally between two paths, recognizing the value of each, but much of the time nuances of the situation suggest one route rather than another. Dilemmas can be grouped into rough categories reflecting existential conditions of being human. Many of the dilemmas arise during confrontations between players. Strategic projects help reproduce hierarchies such as gender, race, and class.

Keywords: dilemmas; strategic issues; strategic principles; players; gender; race; class

Chapter.  4296 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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