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Private Truths, Public Lies

The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification

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$41.50 • £33.95 • €37.50

ISBN 9780674707580

Publication Date: 09/30/1997

Short

448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

17 line illustrations

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  • Preface
  • 1. Living a Lie
    • The Significance of Preference Falsification
    • Private and Public Preferences
    • Private Opinion, Public Opinion
    • The Dynamics of Public Opinion
    • Institutional Sources of Preference Falsification
  • 2. Inhibiting Change
    • Collective Conservatism
    • The Obstinacy of Communism
    • The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System
    • The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action
  • 3. Distorting Knowledge
    • Public Discourse and Private Knowledge
    • The Unthinkable and the Unthought
    • The Caste Ethic of Submission
    • The Blind Spots of Communism
    • The Unfading Specter of White Racism
  • 4. Generating Surprise
    • Unforeseen Political Revolutions
    • The Fall of Communism and Other Sudden Overturns
    • The Hidden Complexities of Social Evolution
    • From Slavery to Affirmative Action
    • Preference Falsification and Social Analysis
  • Notes
  • Index

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