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

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SUNY Press, Sep 9, 1999 - Psychology - 328 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

A Society of Strangers
1
The Roots of Social Affinity
21
The Construction of Social Issues Part I Compartmentalizing the Self and Society
43
The Construction of Social Issues Part II Breaking the Boundaries Between Self and Other
63
The Other Side of Silence The Construction of Social Consciousness
83
A Sentimental Journey Emotions Roletaking and Empathy
109
A Call to Action Social Activism and Social Affinity
145
From Compartmentalizing to Breaking the Boundaries Moving Along the Continuum of Social Affinity
181
Becoming Fully Human Social Affinity in a Modern World
219
The Empirical Approach to Social Affinity
255
Transcript of a Commercial for the Christian Childrens Fund
271
Social Issues Frames
275
Notes
279
References
307
Index
319
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James A. Vela-McConnell is Associate Professor of Sociology at Augsburg College. He is one of the authors of What's Left? Radical Politics in the Postcommunist Era.

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