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Rational choice, social identity, and beliefs about oneself

dc.contributor.authorAguiar, Fernando
dc.contributor.authorFrancisco Díaz, Andrés de
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-20T00:26:43Z
dc.date.available2023-06-20T00:26:43Z
dc.date.issued2009-12
dc.description.abstractSocial identity poses one of the most important challenges to rational choice theory, but rational choice theorists do not hold a common position regarding identity. On one hand, externalist rational choice ignores the concept of identity or reduces it to revealed preferences. On the other hand, internalist rational choice considers identity as a key concept in explaining social action because it permits expressive motivations to be included in the models. However, internalist theorists tend to reduce identity to desire—the desire of a person to express his or her social being. From an internalist point of view, that is, from a viewpoint in which not only desires but also beliefs play a key role in social explanations as mental entities, this article rejects externalist reductionism and proposes a redefinition of social identity as a net of beliefs about oneself, beliefs that are indexical, robust, and socially shaped.
dc.description.departmentDepto. de Sociología Aplicada
dc.description.facultyFac. de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología
dc.description.refereedTRUE
dc.description.statuspub
dc.eprint.idhttps://eprints.ucm.es/id/eprint/40358
dc.identifier.issn1552-7441
dc.identifier.officialurlhttp://pos.sagepub.com/content/39/4/547.full.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14352/42576
dc.issue.number4
dc.journal.titleRevista Philosophy of the social Sciences
dc.language.isospa
dc.page.final571
dc.page.initial547
dc.publisherSage publications
dc.rights.accessRightsopen access
dc.subject.keywordBeliefs
dc.subject.keywordExternalism
dc.subject.keywordIdentity
dc.subject.keywordInternalism
dc.subject.keywordRational choice theory
dc.subject.keywordRationality
dc.subject.ucmSociología
dc.subject.ucmEstadísticas e indicadores sociales
dc.subject.ucmSociología de la educación (Sociología)
dc.subject.unesco63 Sociología
dc.subject.unesco1209 Estadística
dc.subject.unesco6306.05 Sociología de la Educación
dc.titleRational choice, social identity, and beliefs about oneself
dc.typejournal article
dc.volume.number39
dspace.entity.typePublication
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