[Blueboard] DSA Faculty Research Colloquium, 21 September 2007: Dr. Raul Pertierra on "Durkheim, Mobiles and the Sphere of the Social"

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Mon Sep 17 13:50:25 PHT 2007

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites everyone to attend
the Faculty Research Colloquium featuring Dr. Raul Pertierra on Friday,
September 21, 4:30-6:00 p.m.at the SS Conference Rooms 1 and 2, First
Floor, Social Sciences Building.


The social sciences provided new paradigms to explain social
transformations that were no longer explicable in traditional terms.
Supernatural and other conventional models for human action needed to
be redefined in the context of spreading literacy, colonial
discoveries, economic expansion and political reforms. The social
sciences provided more adequate models to explain the changes brought
about by the industrial revolution. The shift from communal to
contractual relationships generated new norms and modes of social
organization. The movements from the countryside to the cities
created new anxieties as traditional ties were replaced by new
localities. According to Durkheim (1915) and later Levi-Strauss
(1966), primitive societies based on similitude created difference
through appropriate social classifications such as crow and eagle
hawk. The model of nature was imposed on culture to produce
difference. Complex societies are already highly differentiated and
the problem is to produce affinity. Each social formation has its own
form of sociability adequate to meet systemic needs.  Durkheim (1893)
suggested that the shift from mechanical to organic solidarity
require new forms of sociability. Much has changed since then and, as
expected, social science must account for these changes in its
explanatory paradigms.

Many are now claiming that ICT is bringing about fundamental changes
to contemporary society. If nothing else, ICT certainly facilitates
new forms of association, with its corresponding possible affinities.
The former spatio-temporal constraints of association have been
significantly altered by the new media and consequently, new forms of
sociality may be expected to arise. Judging from the claims of some
social theorists, we seem to be on the cusp of a new age, whose full
implications are only slowly emerging. Just like previous epochal
transitions, we can expect that this new epoch will generate its own
singularities. For example, globality has made virtual and actual
cosmopolitanism possible. A cosmopolitan sociality, at least one
based on a sense of a simultaneous present, was not possible before
the new media.

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