Once and again: Alfred Schutz, "The definition of the situation" and the (putative) limits of rational choice. A reply to the paper of Christian Etzrodt

Authors
Citation
H. Esser, Once and again: Alfred Schutz, "The definition of the situation" and the (putative) limits of rational choice. A reply to the paper of Christian Etzrodt, KOLNER Z SO, 52(4), 2000, pp. 783
Citations number
10
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
KOLNER ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIOLOGIE UND SOZIALPSYCHOLOGIE
ISSN journal
0023-2653 → ACNP
Volume
52
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Database
ISI
SICI code
0023-2653(200012)52:4<783:OAAAS">2.0.ZU;2-N
Abstract
The paper is a reply to the critique of Christian Etzrodt in two points, wh ere he was discussing the model of frame-selection which I formulated follo wing some suggestions of Alfred Schutz on the problem of bounded rationalit y: (1) The model does not exclude at all the processes of the "interactive" and symbolic constitution of social situations; (2) it does in no way rely on the "rationality" of the actors alone. It does, however, assume quite a different mechanism to the assumption of "calculativeness", usually associ ated with subjected-expected-utility theory, despite it is based on certain formal assumptions of this theory. The core of the framing-concept is the "match" of typical properties of the situation (i.e. "symbols") with social ly shared mental models, which are part of the identity of the actors. Quit e different to the assumptions of Etzrodt, the model thus systematically ta kes into account the "meaning" of social action and the strength of culture in defining a situation.