Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A More General, General Other

The final stage of Mead’s model is the creation of self through the role taking of the general other. This is an understandable statement, but introduce Simmel’s ideas of urbanization and there are distinct new implications. The formations of rational social networks, anomie, blasé attitudes, and lack of strong ties to others, among other things would doubtlessly shift both how we are able to relate to others as well as the manner we would perceive their reactions. This would clearly affect our manner to manipulate our actions for desired outcomes.

How would you suspect that Simmel’s ideas of urbanization would affect Mead’s ideas of the general other?

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