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Mackie: Ending footbinding and infibulation

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

Mackie. 1996. Ending footbinding and infibulation: A convention account. American Sociological Review 61 (Dec): 999-1017..

In Brief

Moving Chinese society away from footbinding required organization of a large enough defection from this path-dependent norm to tip towards the opposite equilibrium (no footbinding).

Although this article says it relies on Lewis's definition of conventions, it actually relies more on Sugden's. Lewis says that a convention, in addition to other factors, is something that everybody "wants" everybody else to follow; Sugden leaves that stipulation out.

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