Reading Rational Choice Theory

Norman K. Denzin

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An interpretive reading is offered of contemporary sociological versions of rational choice theory, informed by the writings of Schutz, Garfinkel, Goffman, and Derrida. The topic of emotionality, as addressed by this theory, is central to the discussion. The ghost of a fully present, rational actor, as it haunts this theory, is examined, as are the terms choice and rationality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-189
Number of pages18
JournalRationality and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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