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Lecture 10

Lecture 10

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Dan Silver

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SocB42 lecture 10
Individualism and Social Control
Social relations
The future of democracy:
- Revolution
- Centralization
Culture cont’d
In Aristocracy – words tend to last, do not change often – the world doesn’t change as much
- Elites are the ones who do make new words, if any (philo and poetry)
- Usually ancient words such as Latin, Greek
Democracy – people move up and down; always changing, new businesses, new words
- Novelty is good in democracy; language must always change
- Words come from politics, pop culture, business, classes, countries – accepted by all
Aristocracy – opinions, thoughts, affairs of the elites make things happen and makes changes.
(ex. king wants to change his religion, marry someone new, etc)
Democracy – every individual is weaker than everyone else. No one really stands out. Historians
do not write about individuals but of groups, movements:
- Fate
- Development of nation
- General, abstract, non individual
Tocqueville thinks this is dangers because we think of ourselves as ‘carried by a tide’, can’t
influence it, just go with what happens.
Individualism and Social Control
Aristocracy – what I do now affects my family generations after me
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