Notes on the Concept of Commitment

  title={Notes on the Concept of Commitment},
  author={H. Becker},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={32 - 40}
  • H. Becker
  • Published 1960
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
The concept of commitment is widely used but has received little formal analysis. It contains an implicit explanation of one mechanism producing consistent human behavior. Commitments come into being when a person, by making a side bet, links extraneous interests with a consistent line of activity. Side bets are often a consequence of the person's participation in social organizations. To understand commitments fully, an analysis of the system of value within which side bets are made is… Expand
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