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Getting Your WayStrategic Dilemmas in the Real World$
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James M. Jasper

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226394756

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226394749.001.0001

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Introduction the Politics of Social Life

Introduction the Politics of Social Life

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(p.1) Introduction the Politics of Social Life
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Getting Your Way
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James M. Jasper

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226394749.003.0001

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

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