ISS Lecture 6 Notes
ISS Lecture 6 Notes ISS 315
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Lecture 6 Notes Tuesday, October 4, 201612:41 PM • Economic systems are embedded within a wider economic system of culture Cootz Article • Enlightenment thinkers focused on public domain • Enlightened self -‐interest-‐ realize welfare is tied to welfare of society you find yourself in ○ Self-‐interest married to the public good What's good for the society is good for me as an individual § • Self-‐interest isn't same thing as selfishness • Self-‐interest links the individual to wider community interests ○ Individual should realize their interest overlap with the interest of society at large • Civic responsibility is engaging in politics ○ Women were excluded from politics during this era but not totally excluded form public discourse ○ Women are naturally more nurturing in their attitude than men § More concerned with welfare of entire community and not just their own narrow interest § Sexist idea during a sexist time • Both men and women were responsible for the interest of community in general ○ Women were concerned with welfare of all children ○ Men concerned for welfare of all wives and children of the community • 1800s: before nationalism • Institutions putting checks on individualism: 1. Religion: focus of religion in early American republic was to get people engaged in their civic obligations § Charity § Community aid □ Putting a limit on individual self -‐interest ○ Churches tended not to be segregated, community based § Won't have more than one church in a village or town § You would see the poor people and all kinds of people coming together which fostered sense of obligation towards poor and children of community □ Not segregated by class Churches tended not to be segregated, community based ○ § Won't have more than one church in a village or town § You would see the poor people and all kinds of people coming together which fostered sense of obligation towards poor and children of community □ Not segregated by class □ Caring about community at large 2. Politics: acting for the good of all ○ Voting because good for country and good for everybody which means it was good for an individual 3. Economics: most economic activities were face to face activities ○ Economic deals tended to be long term relationship § Got you interested in how they were doing § Fostered sense of community between people ○ Gender roles were not defined § Most Americans were subsistence farmers § Site of where you worked was done at home • Domestic Mode of Production • 1870-‐1890: middle class retreated from public engagement ○ No longer concerned with social reform ○ Concern shifted from trying to better the community and now focused on their own family and lives and friends • After Civil War= long period of political corruption ○ Long scale businesses came to dominate economy and American politics • Government was no longer seen as vehicle of social justice • America became exceedingly polarized ○ Between rich and poor ○ Without unions and such, the poor had very unhealthy standards of living § Diseases increased § Poverty increased • Social Darwinism became prominent feature of American political life ○ Explain why government was reluctant to help out the poor ○ Genetically inferior ○ Even people who wanted to give to charities were encouraged to give to libraries and museums, not to help the poor § Idea was that helping the poor would spread bad genes and instead we should let them die § Goal of charity was to help elevate the middle class • Middle class along with every other class became a distinct segment ○ Each economic group became segregated between one another • Different groups became social clubs ○ Religion was used to encourage political activism ○ Focus was on Law and Order ○ Morality became an individual and family issue, not so much a civic • Middle class along with every other class became a distinct segment Each economic group became segregated between one another ○ • Different groups became social clubs ○ Religion was used to encourage political activism ○ Focus was on Law and Order ○ Morality became an individual and family issue, not so much a civic concern • Middle class thought they were moral unlike the rich and poor people ○ Rich and poor were concerned simply with their own pleasure • Money spent on family or household were seen as good • Role of women changed ○ No longer seen as representative of virtue • 1880s: rich and poor were bad ○ Children were forced to work as a was of supplementing family income ○ Women were accused of neglecting children • Second Gilded Age of 1980s-‐Reagan year ○ Poor were seen as bad but rich were seen as good ○ If poor would shape up and create stable households we would not have a problem with poverty or drugs ○ Poor could not adopt middle class family lifestyle because they were poor ○ Poor women were forced to work outside of household leaving children at home by themselves Women were accused of neglecting children ○ • in both eras women were blamed for neglecting children and reason why they were poor • Morality during 1880s and 1980s became part of private family matters • 1980s: public domain became exclusively the domain of restra-‐interestf • All social issues now are framed from individual choice • Politicians or public figures have to talk to us as if they are our friends ○ "I feel your pain" § Inappropriate for politician to be doing § "politicians are public figures not your drinking buddy" ○ What were looking for is somebody to do public good • Character is all about people's personal lives ○ Character replaced morality ○ Ex. Sex sandals become more important than foreign policies • Checks on individual self-‐interest have become eroded • Focus on individual doesn't allow us to see structural problems • Private morality of the family ends up feeding individualism itself • In order for women to be successful she is often accused of being "unfeminine" • Private morality of the family ends up feeding individualism itself • In order for women to be successful she is often accused of being "unfeminine"
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