The Resource Rational ritual : culture, coordination, and common knowledge, Michael Suk-Young Chwe with a new afterword by the author

Rational ritual : culture, coordination, and common knowledge, Michael Suk-Young Chwe with a new afterword by the author

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Rational ritual : culture, coordination, and common knowledge
Title
Rational ritual
Title remainder
culture, coordination, and common knowledge
Statement of responsibility
Michael Suk-Young Chwe with a new afterword by the author
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Why do Internet, financial service, and beer commercials dominate Super Bowl advertising? How do political ceremonies establish authority? Why does repetition characterize anthems and ritual speech? Why were circular forms favored for public festivals during the French Revolution? This book answers these questions using a single concept: common knowledge. Game theory shows that in order to coordinate its actions, a group of people must form common knowledge. Each person wants to participate only if others also participate. Members must have knowledge of each other, knowledge of that knowledge, knowledge of the knowledge of that knowledge, and so on. Michael Chwe applies this insight, with striking erudition, to analyze a range of rituals across history and cultures. He shows that public ceremonies are powerful not simply because they transmit meaning from a central source to each audience member but because they let audience members know what other members know. For instance, people watching the Super Bowl know that many others are seeing precisely what they see and that those people know in turn that many others are also watching. This creates common knowledge, and advertisers selling products that depend on consensus are willing to pay large sums to gain access to it. Remarkably, a great variety of rituals and ceremonies, such as formal inaugurations, work in much the same way. By using a rational-choice argument to explain diverse cultural practices, Chwe argues for a close reciprocal relationship between the perspectives of rationality and culture. He illustrates how game theory can be applied to an unexpectedly broad spectrum of problems, while showing in an admirably clear way what game theory might hold for scholars in the social sciences and humanities who are not yet acquainted with it. In a new afterword, Chwe delves into new applications of common knowledge, both in the real world and in experiments, and considers how generating common knowledge has become easier in the digital age
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
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Chwe, Michael Suk-Young
Dewey number
306.42
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM651
LC item number
.C49 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Knowledge, Sociology of
  • Cognition and culture
  • Collective behavior
  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Rational choice theory
Target audience
adult
Label
Rational ritual : culture, coordination, and common knowledge, Michael Suk-Young Chwe with a new afterword by the author
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Publication
Note
Originally published: 2001
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
xiv, 138 pages
Isbn
9780691158280
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations ; 22 cm.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)839314920
  • 1456816
  • (OCoLC)ocn839314920
  • 1456816
Label
Rational ritual : culture, coordination, and common knowledge, Michael Suk-Young Chwe with a new afterword by the author
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2001
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
xiv, 138 pages
Isbn
9780691158280
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations ; 22 cm.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)839314920
  • 1456816
  • (OCoLC)ocn839314920
  • 1456816

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