Who Is My Neighbor?: Social Affinity in a Modern World / Edition 1

Who Is My Neighbor?: Social Affinity in a Modern World / Edition 1

by James A. Vela-McConnell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791443124

ISBN-13: 9780791443125

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Points the way toward a world in which we might feel more connected to and responsible for each other.

In a world which often is labeled a “global village,” who exactly is our neighbor? Who is My Neighbor? explores the emergence of what is called “social affinity,” a concept bridging classical notions of social cohesion with

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Overview

Points the way toward a world in which we might feel more connected to and responsible for each other.

In a world which often is labeled a “global village,” who exactly is our neighbor? Who is My Neighbor? explores the emergence of what is called “social affinity,” a concept bridging classical notions of social cohesion with contemporary social psychology. The ideas underlying social affinity focus on the sentiment of moral obligation which holds society together.

In order to understand how a sense of social affinity emerges within individuals, the author breaks down the concept into three dimensions—social consciousness, sentiment, and action—and their constitutive elements. These dimensions are then brought together in a single model demonstrating how social affinity and the meaning our values have for us are shaped by our social location and the self-interest which permeates our culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791443125
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in the Sociology of Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Foreword

Acknowledgments

1. A Society of Strangers

2. Roots of Social Affinity

3. The Construction of Social Issues, Part I: Compartmentalizing the Self and Society

4. The Construction of Social Issues, Part II: Breaking the Boundaries Between Self and Other

5. The "Other Side of Silence": The Construction of Social Consciousness

6. A "Sentimenal Journey": Emotions, Role-taking, and Empathy

7. A Call to Action: Social Activism and Social Affinity

8. From "Compartmentalizing" to "Breaking the Boundaries": Moving Along the Continuum of Social Affinity

9. Becoming "Fully Human": Social Affinity in a Modern World

Appendix A: The Empirical Approach to Social Affinity

Appendix B. Transcript of a Commercial for the Christian Children's Fund

Appendix C. Social Issues Frames

Notes

References

Index

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