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Metodološki individualizam i objašnjenje društvenih normi
Methodological Individualism and the Explanation of Social Norms

Author(s): Milovan Dekić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: methodological individualism; social norms; rationality; beliefs; wants; opportunities

Summary/Abstract: Is the principle of methodological individualism applicable in the explanation of social outcomes in the production of which the effect of social norms is evident? The literature is dominated by mainly a negative response. The aim of this article is to provide a positive answer to this question, and thus to confute the negative claims. In the first part of the article, I reconstruct the logic of individualistic explanation because I consider the lack of its understanding as the main cause of its rejection. In the second part, by using just individualistic apparatus I seek to explain the paradox of voting, the persistence of racist norms and the occurrence of a marriage norm. In the concluison,I summarize the findings of the article.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 31-49
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian