Private Truths, Public Lies
The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification New edition
By (author) Timur Kuran
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Private Truths, Public Lies by Timur Kuran
Book DescriptionPreference falsification, according to Timur Kuran, is the act of misrepresenting one's wants under perceived social pressures. In this book Kuran argues that the phenomenon not only is ubiquitous but has huge social and political consequences. Drawing on diverse intellectual traditions, including those rooted in economics, psychology, sociology, and political science, he provides a unified theory of how preference falsification shapes collective decisions, orients structural change, sustains social stability, distorts human knowledge, and conceals political possibilities. Kuran argues that people's choices, and even their desires, are a function of social and psychological conditions and above all pressures imposed by other people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674707580
(235mm x 155mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 29-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Islam and Mammon, Paperback (December 2005)
The doctrine of 'Islamic economics' entered debates over the social role of Islam in the mid-twentieth century. Since then it has pursued the goal of restructuring economies according to perceived Islamic teachings. This book argues that the doctrine of Islamic economics is simplistic, incoherent, and largely irrelevant to economic challenges.
Middle Eastern Lectures, Paperback (January 1997)» View all books by Timur Kuran
A collection of lectures that seek to represent current thinking on a variety of contemporary and historical issues in the the Middle East. Topics covered include Islamic economies, leaders, monarchs, historiography, and Jewish and Islamic civilizations.
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Author Biography - Timur Kuran
>Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science & Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University
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