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A revised theory of cognitive consistency

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  UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIARIVERSIDEA Revised Theory of Cognitive ConsistencyA Dissertation submitted in partial satisfactionof the requirements for the degree of Doctor of PhilosophyinSociology byJesse Bradford Fletcher December 2010Dissertation Committee:Dr. Peter J. Burke, ChairpersonDr. Robert A. HannemanDr. Jonathan H. Turner    UMI Number: 3433846   All rights reservedINFORMATION TO ALL USERSThe quality of this reproduction is dependent upon the quality of the copy submitted.In the unlikely event that the author did not send a complete manuscriptand there are missing pages, these will be noted. Also, if material had to be removed,a note will indicate the deletion.UMI 3433846 Copyright 2 01 1 by ProQuest LLC. All rights reserved. This edition of the work is protected againstunauthorized copying under Title 17, United States Code.ProQuest LLC789 East Eisenhower ParkwayP.O. Box 1346 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346   The Dissertation of Jesse Bradford Fletcher is approved: __________________________________________  __________________________________________  __________________________________________ Committee ChairpersonUniversity of California, Riverside   iii AcknowledgementsI would like to acknowledge first and foremost my committee members, Dr. Peter Burke,Dr. Robert Hanneman, and Dr. Jon Turner. They were each instrumental in the choosingof my topic, as well as the writing and refining of my dissertation. I could not havecompleted this project, nor would I be the sociologist that I am today were it not for them. Beyond their professional help, I am also indebted to their kindness, patience, andsound advice over the last four years. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Dr. JanStets, who has done as much or more for my development as a working researcher andscientist as any other person during my time as a graduate student. I extend my deepest gratitude to you for all that you’ve done for me. Thank you. Last, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Vickie Jensen and Dr. David Boyns, who together sparked a passion for sociology in me that continues to this day. I am on this journey in part due to your guidance and support.  iv DedicationsThis dissertation, as with everything I value in my life, is dedicated to my wife Preeta,my son Émile, and my father Brad. Without your love I would be lost.
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