This query is prompted by a new book:
Peck, Don. Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures
What We Can Do About It. New York: Crown Pub., 2011.
in which the author looks more deeply into predictable ramifications
current economic situation than I have seen in other recent work.
Based on historical, sociological, and other literatures and modes of
research, the author argues that what we're dealing with now is not
wave in a recurring cycle. He predicts lasting changes that he
deeply impact different generational cohorts for decades to come.
His argument is plausible, at least, to me. But it prompts me to wonder
about experience that is really collective experience, as opposed to
Exposing my ignorance, I realize that I can't think of literature on
nature and structure of collective experience. It seems like there
must be a
lot; but I can't think of it. It also seems like xmca is a likely
find people who would be interested, and would know about such
(although it's not on-topic in the current threads).
I'm thinking of my first earthquake experience last month as an
an individual experience. It was totally unlike anything I'd ever
experienced before, and it took me a few seconds to even recognize
earthquake is what was happening (we don't have those in Delaware).
I was at
my desk, at home, by myself when it happened.
Of course, the experience was mediated after the fact from my
awareness of earthquakes. Still, I think it was an individual
the moment, compared with the collective experience that Don Peck is
about -- an experience of events and developments over time, in
experience of others participates, throughout, in the experience of
I am thinking that there might be something else that could be called
"shared experience," intermediate between individual and collective
Does this make any sense? Is this question of interest to anyone? Or
naïvely wondering about things that have been well developed in the
I would be interested if anyone has ideas or references to share on
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