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  • New York Times op-ed on why the poor won’t rise up: Give credit to our culture of self-help. about 23 hours ago
    • We like to say that we don’t have a national religion in the United States, but that’s only true if you think of religion in the conventional way, with an organized structure and a place of worship. But we do have one national belief system. Think of it as the First National Church of Self-Help, where the tenets preach that we are responsible for all that happens to us, for good or ill.


      In the Church of Self-Help, there is no problem for which there is not an individual solution. As Nicole Aschoff writes about Oprah Winfrey in the recently published The New Prophets of Capital, “In her story, success comes from righteousness and hard work, not luck—so anyone can achieve it.” The unspoken but equally compelling piece: The converse is also true. Failure is a result not of ill luck but insufficient effort and a poor attitude. It’s not for nothing that Oprah promoted The Secret, the book that claimed we could positive-think our way into success.

    • True, hard times are notorious for the self-help true believers they inspire. I am not the first or last person to note that Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People was first published to great popular acclaim during the Great Depression. But that era also produced the New Deal and other calls to political action. We, on the other hand, are so beholden to the belief that we are the sole masters of our own fate, we can’t let the ideology go even when it would benefit us enormously to do so. It’s time we all admit the individual solutions to greater economic down winds that self-help promotes will only take us so far. It’s when we band together that we get results.
  • On Goffman: Ethnography and the Ethics of Care | Blog | The Sociological Review on Jun 30, 15
    • What particularly stood out to me was the fact that Goffman started this research as a 19 year-old undergraduate student in the early 2000s, choosing on her own volition (or so it seems) to go and live in that neighbourhood. This should be setting off alarm bells about the ethics of care that we have towards local communities and to our students. My question really was why did the University of Pennsylvania, her supervisors and teachers, initially authorize this research as part of an undergraduate degree?
    • On reading the book, one of my colleagues described it as unbelievable. I did not find it unbelievable; the naivety of the text and the rather uncomfortable account of negotiating privilege within this field is perhaps more of a reflection of the circumstances under which she entered the field: a young undergraduate student learning ethnography ‘on the job’, choosing to engage in a process tantamount to a ‘rite of passage’. It reads as I would expect a text started as an undergraduate assignment.
    • It is perhaps unsurprising then that her methodological note reads uncomfortably, recounting what I can only describe as the process by which she ‘went native’, and her subsequent realization of this. She describes how she took on the cultural traits of those around her, including developing a way of evaluating women drawn from her time hanging out on the stoops with her interlocutors, and observing her surroundings in terms of what she could steal. Goffman introduces this account precisely to demonstrate her reflexivity, but for me it reads worryingly as navel gazing, the privileged white woman ‘going native’ in ways that are hauntingly reminiscent of a previous generation of ethnographers whose work has been challenged and criticized on precisely these grounds.


      Alice Goffman was always going to be challenged, her father’s namesake, her choice of fieldsite and her relative privilege making this inevitable. But the real conundrum is much closer to home for us as social scientists and educators than others have been keen to point out.

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  • Reading War and Peace on my iPhone | Book Recommendations and Reviews | BOOK RIOT on Jun 29, 15
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