Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge

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Contents
List of Figures and Tablesix
Prefacexiii
1.Introduction3
What This Book Is Good For3
The Argument8
Coordination Problems11
Common Knowledge13
Where the Argument Comes From16
2.Applications19
Ceremonies and Authority19
How Do Rituals Work?25
Inward-Facing Circles30
On the Waterfront33
Believe the Hype37
The Price of Publicity49
Strong Links and Weak Links61
The Chapel in the Panopticon66
3.Elaborations74
Competing Explanations74
Is Common Knowledge an Impossible Ideal?76
Meaning and Common Knowledge79
Contesting Common Knowledge83
Common Knowledge and History87
Common Knowledge and Group Identity91
4.Conclusion94
Appendix. The Argument Expressed Diagrammatically101
References113
Index127

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - Applications 19
  • 3 - Elaborations 74
  • 4 - Conclusion 94
  • Appendix - The Argument Expressed Diagrammatically 101
  • References 113
  • Index 127
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