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  1. Endogamy as a Basis for Ethnic Behavior.Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 1997 - Sociological Theory 15 (2):162-178.
    In this article I argue for endogamy as a fundamental cause of human behavior that is often classified as ethnic. Specifically, I show that it would make evolutionary sense for people to help possible co-progenitors of their descendants. This suggests that in many situations people will help preferentially the minimal endogamous set of people to which they belong. Such help mostly will be restricted to providing benefits that are nearly "non-rival"-benefits that group members can "consume" without making others consume less. (...)
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  2. Modeling Second-Order Expectations.Murray Webster & Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 2002 - Sociological Theory 20 (3):306-327.
    Theory-building is a continual, collective enterprise in which success is judged by logical consistency and successful explanation and prediction of specified empirical facts from a minimal set of assumptions. We describe some new attempts to develop Interactionist ideas on how communicated opinions from others can affect face-to-face interaction patterns and definitions of a social situation, including identities of the interactants. Our attempts take the form of developing theoretical models of how others' evaluative opinions are incorporated into existing performance expectations. We (...)
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    Why Actor Models Are Integral to Structural Analysis.Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 1994 - Sociological Theory 12 (2):153-165.
    Some versions of structuralism consider actors to be necessary for structural analysis; others argue that they are not. All versions of structuralism consider social structure to be analytically independent of actors. I show through examples and subsequently through deduction that this position is wrong. That is, any conceptualization of social structure necessarily involves a conception of its constituent actors. Moreover, I generalize this point to argue that the structure of scientific knowledge follows a multilevel modeling approach: theory at every level (...)
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    Applications of Theories of Group Processes.Murray Webster & Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (3):250-270.
    Theories of group processes have been and are being applied usefully to natural situations. We review a selection of these theories and examine different types of applications and interventions to which they have led. We then offer a typology of application, five "stages" with examples. As theoretical application proceeds, issues of complexity, rules of correspondence, and competing social interests increase the difficulty of that work, yet the benefits are considerable for theoretical development.
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    On the Relationship Between Memes and Genes: A Critique of Dennett. [REVIEW]Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 1998 - Biology and Philosophy 13 (2):187-204.
    Dennett (1995) argues that memes or cultural replicators are largely autonomous of genes, and that they are fairly efficacious in determining who we are and what we do. I argue that Dennett's arguments are wrong in several aspects, which we can see by analyzing processes at appropriate levels. Specifically, I argue that it is not true that we as persons are created largely by memes, that our memes are not largely independent of our genes, and that we can use the (...)
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    A Human Actor Model for Social Science.Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 1998 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 28 (4):403–434.
    This article presents a model of the production of human behaviour, grounded in a pragmatist perspective. The model has two components: a small set of considered behaviours, and a set of motivators which I group into four subsets: material, reproductive, and two sets of attributional motivators. The model is based on a minimum principle. A person performs that considered behaviour which comes closest to ideal in light of the person's motivators. I show that both declining marginal utility and satisfying follow (...)
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    Past and Future Applications of Jasso's Justice Theory.Joseph M. Whitmeyer - 2004 - Sociological Theory 22 (3):432-444.
    Past applications of Jasso's theory of justice evaluation, including several applied tests, generally support the theory but raise questions future applications should address. These include whether the theory might predict as well or better if the good in question is something other than income and if it would predict third-party evaluations as well or better than first-party evaluations. Moreover, the theory could be used for more demanding applications: interventions, which would involve changing the situation in order to affect justice evaluations. (...)
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