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SOCB43 Lecture 10
Forms of Interaction: Conflict, Sociability
Conflicts:
-Not always bad: you have a group, it is somehow integrated together. Anything that
separates us, is negative (lose social connection; weakening – this is conflict); inherently
disassociating
-You are connected to the people you are in conflict way. If you fight with someone, even
though you may not like them, you care about what they think/say/do; certain way of
being associated with others in a conflictual way.
What types are there? Can it be across institutions?
1.Conflict & Social Integration - it has a positive component; can integrated/connect; it
is not necessarily harmonious (Contrast to Durkheim); Simmel believes every social
unit has convulsions/diversions and it keeps the group together; the conflicts
intentions/rivalries keep them together. Ex. Sports teams allows for it because you
compete for higher positions by playing their best which in turns allows for the team
to do well. Economics keeps firms together by competition. You spend time thinking
about what competitors are doing. Marriage has fights between persons. A marriage
is not less of a marriage with conflict and the person you are married to is the person
you fight with the most and you become closer to them. Strong people in strong
marriages are able to conflict; poor relationships break under conflict.
Two levels of unity of a group:
1. Unity of a marriage – opposite is conflict (life vs. death)
2. Deep unity - involves both unity and conflict (life and death are part of the
same process)
2.Temporal dimension of conflict – (what is conflict like in interaction); how does
conflict relate to their overall relationship. Conflict is different between friends who
are now enemies AND different between people who were enemies and now friends.
If you used to be friends/connected, if you get into a conflict, it would be worse. If
you were always enemies, you are more understanding of the other person if you fight
because you never understood each other beforehand.
3.Conflict for itself – marriages is not formed to have conflict but a component of it is
conflict; some relationships’ main purpose is just being able to conflict and rival.
Examples of these relationships are: boxing, martial arts are entirely based on fighting
and winning. Other things like politics, law, production of goods, etc. have
competition but also have another purpose (ex. to help others, govern people, etc).
Sociability:
www.notesolution.com
-It means a kind of interaction with other people, that is simply about interacting with
them. you interact for the sake of it.
-Form of association where the rules, habits, style of interaction are all there, just to keep
the interaction of going along, having a back and forth with people. Forms of this type of
interaction are: parties.
-What is the purpose of a party: being with others and having the pleasure of them being
there (talking to each other, dancing with each other). You mainly talk about everything
but serious topics as it encourages sociability to continue. Simmel believes it has big
significance – sociability make being social the purpose of the interaction (this makes it
the purest form of sociology).
-When reading newspapers society section, they talk about what goes on at parties and
events
Features of pure sociability:
-Autonomous – disregards or goes beyond extraneous purposes; what are those other
things beyond interactions? Parties have implicit rules that turn it into a place for just
interaction.
-Artifice/artificial – there is a reason why people wear costumes/wear masks, for darkness,
wear makeup (this separates parties from ulterior purposes); with disguise, you dont truly
know a person and therefore you may not want to network with them for a job, for
example. At a good party, you are to put aside status, job, prestige, etc to simply interact.
Ex. at dinner parties, it is rude to exclude others; everyone should be able to speak.
(Page 132 “sociability creates …” parties are a space where you have a level of equality;
your enjoyment depends on others)
-Encouraging playful interaction – need to have subject matter; in a sociable interaction,
you take the seriousness and things that matter to you, remove them and turn them into
play/games and do not include the real consequences. (Seriousness, tragic
symbolic
play, knows no restrictions). Examples: War (battle ship, Chess), Capitalism (Monopoly);
Coquettry aka flirting
Why do people do these things at parties? There are important things that have to be dealt with:
-Sociability provides distance from everyday life – gives you time to step back and reflect,
clear your mind from chaos; create opportunity space for the distance; normal life can get
clustered (Similar to Durkheims sacred/profane – religion gives you this space to break
away). It is not the same as escapism. Simmel says it takes you into the secret forces of
life; you experience it all from a higher point.
Example of flirting, when you flirt, you can get a distance and understanding of how
seduction and romance works; parties/flirting allows you to do so without having to go all
the way. It teaches you about love and how it works without suffering the downfall of
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SOCB43 Lecture 10 Forms of Interaction: Conflict, Sociability Conflicts: - Not always bad: you have a group, it is somehow integrated together. Anything that separates us, is negative (lose social connection; weakening this is conflict); inherently disassociating - You are connected to the people you are in conflict way. If you fight with someone, even though you may not like them, you care about what they thinksaydo; certain way of being associated with others in a conflictual way. What types are there? Can it be across institutions? 1. Conflict & Social Integration - it has a positive component; can integratedconnect; it is not necessarily harmonious (Contrast to Durkheim); Simmel believes every social unit has convulsionsdiversions and it keeps the group together; the conflicts intentionsrivalries keep them together. Ex. Sports teams allows for it because you compete for higher positions by playing their best which in turns allows for the team to do well. Economics keeps firms together by competition. You spend time thinking about what competitors are doing. Marriage has fights between persons. A marriage is not less of a marriage with conflict and the person you are married to is the person you fight with the most and you become closer to them. Strong people in strong marriages are able to conflict; poor relationships break under conflict. Two levels of unity of a group: 1. Unity of a marriage opposite is conflict (life vs. death) 2. Deep unity - involves both unity and conflict (life and death are part of the same process) 2. Temporal dimension of conflict (what is conflict like in interaction); how does conflict relate to their overall relationship. Conflict is different between friends who are now enemies AND different between people who were enemies and now friends. If you used to be friendsconnected, if you get into a conflict, it would be worse. If you were always enemies, you are more understanding of the other person if you fight because you never understood each other beforehand. 3. Conflict for itself marriages is not formed to have conflict but a component of it is conflict; some relationships main purpose is just being able to conflict and rival. Examples of these relationships are: boxing, martial arts are entirely based on fighting and winning. Other things like politics, law, production of goods, etc. have competition but also have another purpose (ex. to help others, govern people, etc). Sociability: www.notesolution.com
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