Reputation A Network Interpretation

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This book argues that a network interpretation of reputation advances our understanding of an essential and inescapable feature of social life and integrates many of its' varied facets. Reputation is a dispersed phenomenon that is to be found in the beliefs and assertions of an extensive number of other individuals. Reputation is part of the environment but uniquely referenced to a specific person. Discussions concerning reputation are often vague with regard to who are those others holding beliefs or making assertions about a person and thereby contributing to that person's reputation, with reference perhaps to 'people in general' or 'society at large.' A network model of reputation generates conceptual innovations that have systematic implications for such diverse disciplines as network theory and social network analysis, gossip research, person perception and cognition, social representation research, personality theory and assessment, publicity and public relations, libel law, biographical studies, and cultural history. Craik argues that reputation is not simply a central topic for the study of social life. Rather, it holds the potential to sustain an interdisciplinary field of inquiry in its own right.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reputations Within Networksp. xvii
Reputational Networks
Where Do We Look for Reputation? A Person's Lifelong and Distinctive Reputational Networkp. 3
Social Communications about Specific Persons: Information Flowp. 23
Person Bins-Assembling Information According to Specific Persons: Information Storagep. 39
Buzz and Bins: The Discursive and Distributive Facets of Reputationp. 59
Truth in Reputation: Accuracy and Validityp. 77
Reputation and the Person
The Person as Agent and Resultant of Reputationp. 97
The Mutual Relevance of Reputation and Personalityp. 125
The Risks of Discourse about Other Persons: Defamation Law from the Plaintiff and Defendant Points of Viewp. 145
Posthumous Reputational Networksp. 173
Conclusion: Prospects for Reputational Analysisp. 201
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 231
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