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Re: [xmca] The Self-esteem movement



Bronson and Merryman address the self-esteem "movement" in their popular
science book "nurture shock".  Their references might be a place to start.
 See attached.

On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 4:05 AM, Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu> wrote:

> I should follow up by noting that LSV considered a change in the
> environment surrounding people of difference (those with biological
> "defects" such as deafness) to be fundamental to the self-esteem of the
> person of difference. He argued for the need to normalize difference by
> changing the attitudes of those in the cultural mainstream so that they
> ceased to pity or belittle people with different biological functions so
> that they could more easily adapt and assimilate and thus feel more a part
> of society and build self-esteem. So, in LSV's conception, eliminating
> bullying attitudes helped to build the self-esteem and feeling of inclusion
> of people of difference.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On
> Behalf Of Peter Smagorinsky
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:20 AM
> To: ablunden@mira.net; eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: RE: [xmca] The Self-esteem movement
>
> Well, self-esteem was a central goal of LSV's work in the field of
> defectology--provide cultural channels for kids to become involved with
> legitimate social labor as a way to feel included and thus develop greater
> self-esteem (which is actually the term used in translation).
>
> In the US, I think it goes back to the 60s as part of the general unrest
> against "the establishment" and its emphasis on the Protestant work ethic,
> which was presumed to be repressive.
>
> I'll check with some of my friends out there who specialize in bullying to
> see what they think about the report.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On
> Behalf Of Andy Blunden
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:04 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [xmca] The Self-esteem movement
>
> At last the pendulum has begun to swing back:
>
> http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/2240486979/Inflating-children-may-create-bullies
> The report says that "the self-esteem movement" (i.e. lying to kids about
> their own virtues) is seen as a "failed experiment." Can anyone tell me
> where this "self-esteem" idea came from?
>
> Andy
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Deborah Downing Wilson, Ph.D.
Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition
http://lchc.ucsd.edu/
<http://lchc.ucsd.edu/>Department of Communication
http://communication.ucsd.edu/
University of California San Diego
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