10. Consensus Analysis

  1. David B. Kronenfeld2,
  2. Giovanni Bennardo3,
  3. Victor C. de Munck4 and
  4. Michael D. Fischer5
  1. Stephen P. Borgatti and
  2. Daniel S. Halgin

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444394931.ch10

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

How to Cite

Borgatti, S. P. and Halgin, D. S. (2011) Consensus Analysis, in A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology (eds D. B. Kronenfeld, G. Bennardo, V. C. de Munck and M. D. Fischer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444394931.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, Riverside, USA

  2. 3

    Northern Illinois University, USA

  3. 4

    SUNY New Paltz, USA

  4. 5

    University of Kent, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187787

Online ISBN: 9781444394931



  • consensus analysis;
  • consensus analysis - both a theory and a method;
  • folk epistemological systems - relying on connection between agreement and truth;
  • consensus analysis, way of conceptualizing - and coping with individual variability;
  • methods, useful in settings - across multiple disciplines;
  • abstract model, explaining consensus model - with a simplified, artificial context;
  • using simple model, relationship between agreement and knowledge;
  • methodology and empirical illustration;
  • model in anthropological context;
  • consensus model, a powerful theoretical perspective - and a very useful analysis methodology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Abstract Model

  • Methodology and Empirical Illustration

  • The Model in Anthropological Context

  • Consensus Analysis in Practice

  • Conclusion

  • References