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Re: [xmca] Lewin and unification of the social sciences

So then looking back to Lewin's time, we might say that there is an upside
to neo-liberalism - despite how much academics love to poo-poo it? (sounds
like what Marx might have been arguing about capitalism - but everyone
forgets the positive aspects of capitalism that Marx points to!).
Some balance is needed then?

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 7:41 AM, Glassman, Michael <glassman.13@osu.edu>wrote:

> Hi Andy and Phillip,
> It is my reading the Putnam and the Lewin of 1947 actually disagree more
> than agree.  Putnam seemed to long for an earlier time when higher levels
> of social capital and social cohesion exists because people did things
> together and formed communities big and small based on the things that they
> did - today people have become too distributed.  He worried we were losing
> this cohesion which he put in the context of social capital.  Lewin, who
> actually lived through this time, seemed much less sanguine about social
> capital as social capital, cohesion as cohesion.  Just because a community
> was cohesive did not mean it was healthy.
> I think of the community the L.J. Hannifan who coined the term social
> capital was describing in the mountains of West Virginia.  The qualities he
> described were really interesting, but as is so often the case it was what
> he left out which was really important.  What would happen if some
> oppressed group moved into their tightly knit group?  Or how trapped were
> women in their roles?  I think one of the goals of Lewin and his colleagues
> was to point out that often social capital and group cohesion could be a
> devil's bargain that can easily descend into tribalism.  It could also be
> used as an excuse, claiming if you lost it communities would fall apart.
> The development of well functioning group communities is always an ongoing
> project.
> Anyway, my readings of the two scholars.
> Michael
> ________________________________________
> From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] on behalf
> of White, Phillip [Phillip.White@ucdenver.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:18 AM
> To: ablunden@mira.net; eXtended Mind, Culture,  Activity
> Subject: RE: [xmca] Lewin and unification of the social sciences
> thanks, Andy  -  Putnam i know and have, and can reread him.
> phillip
> ________________________________________
> From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On Behalf
> Of Andy Blunden [ablunden@mira.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:11 AM
> To: White, Phillip
> Cc: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: Re: [xmca] Lewin and unification of the social sciences
> Apologies (I had returned the book to the library and it was a long time
> ago).
> The term is "long civic generation," and it is proposed in "Bowling
> Alone" by Robert Putnam.
> If you do a google search for "long civic generation" you will find what
> you need.
> Andy
> <http://www.academia.edu/3746209/Social_Solidarity_versus_Social_Capital_>
> White, Phillip wrote:
> > Andy, you wrote:
> >
> > snip
> >
> > Greg, people in the social cohesion business record that from the
> > mid-1930s till the late 1950s (in the US) there was what they call "the
> > long communitarian generation", after which life descended into
> > liberalism, with signs of recovery only in the past couple of decades.
> >
> > snip
> >
> > in my ignorance of this period of american history i had no recognition
> of what you're describing here - so i googled "the long communitarian
> generation" and nothing really came up that i could attach meaning to.  so,
> who are the "they" that you are referring to?  references to names would be
> a help for me here.
> >
> > thanks,
> >
> > phillip
> >
> >
> >
> >
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