Conflitto sociale e incomparabilità dei beni

Author/s Nicolò Bellanca
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/3 Language Italian
Pages 24 P. 123-146 File size 127 KB
DOI 10.3280/PACO2009-003008
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Social Conflict and Incomparability of Goods - According to mainstream economics, rational agents choose between alternatives that aree supposed to be ranked and compared. This assumption is strongly criticized by sociologists and anthropologists; it may partly hold true only when the commercial transactions sphere establishes a uniform measure: money. But what happens when a community compares social goods supplied by different institutional spheres? The rigorous equalization of any rate of exchange is replaced by a system of conventional equivalences. This system is temporary, since it changes as collective beliefs evolve; it is conflictual, because the "rates of conversion" between social goods often express relations of power among the groups themselves; and finally it is unstable, because individuals tend to develop private "rates of conversion" that aree different from the collective ones. This system, despite its fragility, is a crucial tool of reproduction of a complex society. This essay discusses and analyzes some aspects of the issue.

Keywords: Incomparability, Rational Choice, Money, Conflict, Participation.

Nicolò Bellanca, Conflitto sociale e incomparabilità dei beni in "PARTECIPAZIONE E CONFLITTO" 3/2009, pp 123-146, DOI: 10.3280/PACO2009-003008