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Group beliefs, group speakers, power and negotiation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (English)In: Soziologische Theorie kontrovers / [ed] Gert Albert, Steffen Sigmund, VS Verlag , 2010, 394-404 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In her article, Margaret Gilbert touches the sociologically important subject of the establishment and nature of group beliefs. This subject is not only important because group formation, decision making in groups and group behaviour are central topics of sociology since the beginning of the discipline. It rather touches the more general questions of the role of conventions guiding behaviour in interactions and how social order emerges on a larger scale. The answers Gilbert provides to these more general questions lead to a distinct epistemological standpoint. This commentary realizes the broad scope of the contribution by firstly, summarizing and discussing its implications. Secondly, it confronts Gilbert’s conceptualisation with individualistic and reductionist1 approaches referring to one of the most prominent dilemmas in sociology, namely the collective good problem. Thirdly, the commentary explores and discusses the epistemological consequences of Gilbert’s joint acceptance account.

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VS Verlag , 2010. 394-404 p.
, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, ISSN 0454-1340 ; 50/2010
Keyword [en]
Group Beliefs, Collective Goods, Reductionism, Social Philosophy
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Sociology Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40664ISI: 000283803500033ISBN: 978-3-531-17337-5OAI: diva2:401864

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Gruppenüberzeugungen, Gruppensprecher, Macht und Verhandlung

Available from: 2011-03-04 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2015-09-25Bibliographically approved

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