Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification
Preference falsification, according to the economist Timur Kuran, is the act of misrepresenting one's wants under perceived social pressures. It happens frequently in everyday life, such as when we tell the host of a dinner party that we are enjoying the food when we actually find it bland. In Private Truths, Public Lies Kuran argues convincingly that the phenomenon not only is ubiquitous but has huge social and political consequences. Drawing on diverse intellectual traditions, including those rooted in economics, psychology, sociology, and political science, Kuran provides a unified theory of how preference falsification shapes collective decisions, orients structural change, sustains social stability, distorts human knowledge, and conceals political possibilities.
The Obstinacy of Communism
The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System
The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action
Public Discourse and Private Knowledge
The Unthinkable and the Unthought
The Caste Ethic of Submission