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[Xmca-l] Re: Two worlds, Urie Bronfenbrenner



I would have reached the opposite conclusion, David: that the social and interpersonal are thoroughly interpenetrated. The interactions a child has with her parents are profoundly shaped by the work that they are involved in. The food she eats, for example, is what is made possible by the wages the parents learn. The hours they are available to her at home depend on the hours they need to dedicate to work.  The child does not know this explicitly, of course, but she is living the contradictions of social class and the political economy of the society as a second nature, as though they are a natural necessity.

Martin




> On Mar 11, 2016, at 5:33 PM, David Kellogg <dkellogg60@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> To me, what is most Marxist about Bronfenbrenner is his recognition that
> the most important ecosystem in the development of the child is one that
> the child never even lays eyes on: what Daddy (and more rarely Mommy) have
> to do for a living. This was a very unpopular thing to say, and it still
> is, because it is not only Marxist but Durkheimian: it implies that the
> social and the interpersonal really are two qualitatively different levels
> of being requiring two qualitatively different kinds of analysis