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  •  The individual vs the group (3+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, PsychoSavannah, Diogenes2008

    I've been really struck by this recent essay on American's inclination for group loyalty rather than our self-image of rugged individualism.
    http://www.dallasnews.com/...

    I really need to track down the guy's book, I think

    Claude Fischer is author of the newly published "Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character."

    "I want to apologize for that misconstrued misconstruction." Rep Joe Barton

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 11:09:20 AM PDT

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    •  he has a very interesting point, but... (0+ / 0-)

      .... the way he wrote that article is not likely to be convincing to fence-sitters, who are the people who most need to be convinced.

      His interesting point is that American culture has an odd combination of freedom to join groups, and submission of the individuals to the groups they join.  

      But some of the examples he uses, such as international social survey data and adultery as "freedom" in marriage, fall flat on their faces.  

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