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Chapter 9: Weaving Social Textures Together: Personal and Collective Culture in Action

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Weaving Social Textures Together: Personal and Collective Culture in Action
Weaving social textures together: Personal and collective culture in action

Our social sciences have a “blind spot”—to consider whatever is viewed as “social phenomena” as these are thus labeled—to be functional in their social contexts. The ghost of the idea of natural selection seems to remain functional—if a social mechanism is working now, it must be functional as it must have been selected “in” in the course of history. However, looking from the angle of irreversible time it cannot be so. What is functional now needs to have developed with a foresight that it can adapt to multiple not yet known future conditions. Since these conditions cannot be pre-known, the functional mechanisms need to be set ...

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