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The Theory of Games of Strategy as a Modern Sociology of Conflict

Jessie Bernard
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 59, No. 5 (Mar., 1954), pp. 411-424
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2772243
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Abstract

A statement about, not of, the theory of games of strategy as a basis for a modern sociology of conflict is presented in terms of six key concepts: rational behavior, strategy, the payoff matrix or function, the "rules of the game," coalitions, alliances, and imputations, and, finally, the concept of a solution. The operation of the theory is probably not independent of material culture. Illustrative examples, of pure strategy, of mixed strategy, of statistical inference, and of coalitions are presented, and a critique in terms of conceptual technical, practical, and ethical difficulties is offered.

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