AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB 7: SELFIE POLITICS or NATIONS OF IDENTITY




Episode 7 of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB: SELFIE POLITICS or NATIONS OF IDENTITY is about how identity politics have emerged into a world …

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AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB 7: SELFIE POLITICS or NATIONS OF IDENTITY

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  1. What about identities as doorways through which we can enter to see a whole person who is much more than the individual hats he or she wears. You and Caitlyn Doughty talked about this being a time of showing and not telling and what I admire about you is that you are taking us away from the easy work of thinking we know something because we hear the words to showing us by putting so much of your life on display. On the same internet where we can watch this we can also see your porn work and to me this is a real lesson about the intellect, spirit and sexuality being united when we so often want to separate them. I felt like the sex work actually deepened this broadcast for me.

  2. If you have not read Georg Simmel before, I think you should consider it. Here's a quick summation of his philosophy/social analysis, by Murray Davis: "Human beings, in Simmel's view, innately have dual desires: to be free and to be fulfilled. Some of modern society's supra-individual entities (especially the social ones) help the individual satisfy the first desire (for autonomy) by freeing him from the constraints of the smaller supra-individual entities prevalent in the past. But other of modern society's supra-individual entities (especially, but not exclusively, the cultural ones) frustrate the satisfaction of the individual's second desire (for self-development). Individuals develop their selves first by externalizing their internal tendencies into cultural objects where they can more easily work on and improve them ('objective culture'), and then by reinternalizing these perfected objects for personal growth ('subjective culture'). But, particularly in modern society, these cultural objects that individuals originally created to begin to evolve according to their own laws—gradually turning into supra-individual entities hostile to (or at best indifferent to) the individual's need to reassimilate them for personal development. In sum, a plethora of supra-individual entities that both free individuals' outer behavior but 'overwhelm' their inner life give modern society its paradoxical tone."

    Some good starting articles are "The Metropolis and Mental Life," "On the Concept and Tragedy of Culture," and "Group Expansion and the Development of Individuality."

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