The New State, Group Organization The Solution Of Popular Government; Group Organization The Solution Of Popular Government


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THE GROUP AND THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY POLITICS must have a technique based on an understanding of the laws of association, that is, based on a new and progressive social psychology. Politics alone should not escape all the modern ...
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THE GROUP AND THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY POLITICS must have a technique based on an understanding of the laws of association, that is, based on a new and progressive social psychology. Politics alone should not escape all the modern tendency of scientific method, of analysis, of efficiency engineering. The study of democracy has been based largely on the study of institutions; it should be based on the study of how men behave together. We have to deal, not with institutions, or any mechanical thing, or with abstract ideas, or "man," or anything but just men, ordinary men. The importance of the new psychology is that it acknowledges man as the centre and shaper of his universe. In his nature all institutions are latent and perforce must be adapted to this nature. Man not things must be the starting point of the future. But man in association, for no man lives to himself. And we must understand further that the laws of association are the laws of the group. We have long been trying to understand the relation of the individual to society; we are only just beginning to see that there is no "individual," that there is no "society." It is not strange, therefore, that our efforts have gone astray, that our thinking yields small returns for politics. The old psychology was based on the isolated individual as the unit, on the assumption that a man thinks, feels and judges independently. Now that we know that there is no such thing as a separate ego, that individuals are created by reciprocal interplay, ourwhole study of psychology is being transformed. Likewise there is no "society" thought of vaguely as the mass of people we see around us. I am always in relation not to "society" but to some concrete group. When do we ever as a matter of fact think of "society" ? Are we not always thinking...
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A reissue of the 1918 text by Mary Parker Follett which is, according to one of her modern editors, "an American classic of participatory democracy." Follett discusses the "new psychology," collective feeling, traditional democracies, the growth of democracy in America, the importance of neighborhood and local organization, political pluralism, and the moral state and creative citizenship. Two forewords examine Follett as a feminist and negotiator and as a democratic hero. Also included are general introductions to the text and Follett's life. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780217394307
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Foreword: Mary Parker Follett as Democratic Hero
Foreword: Mary Parker Follett: Feminist and Negotiator
Introduction: Reading Follett
Introduction 3
Pt. I The Group Principle
I The Group and the New Psychology 19
II The Group Process: the Collective Idea 24
III The Group Process: the Collective Idea (continued) 33
IV The Group Process: the Collective Feeling 44
V The Group Process: the Collective Will 48
VI The Unity of the Social Process 50
VII The Individual 60
VIII Who is the Free Man? 69
IX The New Individualism 73
X Society 75
XI The Self-and-Others Illusion 79
XII The Crowd Fallacy 85
XIII The Secret of Progress 93
XIV The Group Principle at Work 105
XV From Contract to Community 122
Pt. II The Traditional Democracy
XVI Democracy not "Liberty" and "Equality": Our Political Dualism 137
XVII Democracy not the Majority: Our Political Fallacy 142
XVIII Democracy not the Crowd: Our Popular Delusion 148
XIX The True Democracy 156
XX The Growth of Democracy in America 162
XXI After Direct Government - What? 174
Pt. III Group Organization Democracy's Method
XXII Neighborhood Needs the Basis of Politics 189
XXIII An Integrated Neighborhood 204
XXIV Neighborhood Organization vs. Party Organization: The Will of the People 216
XXV Neighborhood Organization vs. Party Organization: Leaders or Bosses? 227
XXVI Neighborhood Organization vs. Party Organization: A Responsible Neighborhood 232
XXVII From Neighborhood to Nation: the Unifying State 245
XXVIII Political Pluralism 258
XXIX Political Pluralism and Sovereignty 271
XXX Political Pluralism and Functionalism: The Service State vs. The "Sovereign State" 288
XXXI Political Pluralism and the True Federal State 296
XXXII Political Pluralism (concluded) 311
XXXIII Increasing Recognition of the Occupational Group 320
Pt. IV The Dual Aspect of the Group: A Union of Individuals, an Individual in a Larger Union
XXXIV The Moral State and Creative Citizenship 333
XXXV The World State 344
App The Training for the New Democracy 363
Index 375
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