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Thinking Through Dilemmas
Schemas, Frames, and Difficult Decisions

ISBN 9780367511654
Published February 14, 2022 by Routledge
160 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Departing from the sociological dual process model that divides thoughts into automatic and unconscious, or deliberate and conscious occurrences, this book draws on empirical cases to demonstrate the existence of “automatic deliberation.” Through research into the ways in which people address difficult subjects, such as death and dying, pedophilia, and career decision-making, the author sheds light on a mode of thinking which is both habitual and effortful, displaying a combination of habituated understandings and conscious deliberation. Advancing a blended view of cognition by which individuals draw on schemas and frames to think through complex topics, this volume will appeal to sociologists and psychologists with interests in cognition and the ways in which we make decisions.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Patterned Spontaneity of Reasoning

3. The Reflective Management of Desire

4. The Automatic Yet Iterative Use of Schemas

5. Conclusion

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Lawrence H. Williams is visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Canada.