108 This is not a book for any but the most advanced undergraduate. It could also have used some graphics, especially maps. While all the articles are competent, most are well-written, and a few are first rate, I must admit to feeling a bit disappointed. Considering the title, where is the article on the influence of England on Ireland or Scotland? Or Northern versus Southern Italy? Or Russia? Or ... well, you catch my drift. Department of Anthropology University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA James PROVINZANO BOOK REVIEWS Jon Elster, The Cement of Society: A Study of Social Ordér Cambridge and NYC: Cam- bridge University Press, 1989, pp. 311, $ 44.50 (cloth), $ 15.95 (paper). How is social order possible? This issue is as old as social theory. Jon Elster deals with this problem by looking at what makes behavior predictable and by investigating the conditions of cooperative behavior. Although Elster starts from rational-choice theory, he arrives at a more promising theory of social norms. Unrealistic assumptions regarding individuals' motivational and informational states are modified or repudiated. Elster is especially interested in bargaining, for which he gives a number of theoretical considerations and illustrative examples, such as
International Journal of Comparative Sociology (in 2002 continued as Comparative Sociology) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1990
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