Preferences and Culture (3) – Some Notes
Proponents of Adam Smith might argue that ultimately it is the individual that will make the choice between choosing what their culture dictates versus what do they actually (but for many reasons they choose not to articulate) prefer. In this sense we might say that some preference are overt and visible, whilst other types of preferences are implicit, invisible or hidden.
There might be many reasons why individuals choose not to be forthcoming in articulating their preferences. It might be that their preferences are perceived to be contrary to social mores and values. It might also be that the social norms o f the society which they live in is prohibitive or simply said too moralistic or puritanical. Of course, there are other reasons too. Perhaps readers can add and we can have a good discussion over this issue.