The Virtual Self: A Contemporary Sociology (21st Century by Ben Agger

By Ben Agger

The digital Self is an interesting and interesting textual content that addresses concerns with regards to our quickly altering society, social constitution, and verbal exchange wishes. In doing so, it addresses significant concerns in sociology that tell almost all of a student’s path work.Introduces scholars to strategies of the self and society in an age of swift expertise and excessive pace communicationExamines the connection among daily life and social constitution in key domain names of conversation, character, work/family, relaxation and leisure, and economicsWritten in a full of life, enticing variety for readers with no sociological historical past

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He attempted to restore the role of class consciousness to Marxist theory, borrowing from Marx, Hegel, and Kant. Luka`cs argued that raising class consciousness was no simple matter but required working people to understand their own everyday lives, especially their jobs, not as predetermined outcomes of iron-clad capitalist laws of development but as fluid, subject to transformation. The term commodification does not appear in many beginning sociology books, but it should. By commodification Marx and Luka`cs referred 26 Everyday Life in Our Wired World to the way in which all manner of human products and activities, especially labor, are bought and sold, taking on the appearance of natural things that have value only because the marketplace assigns them value, a price, through the ebb and flow of supply and demand.

Do you have a right to tell your best friend not to take cocaine or drink too much? Is that different from social theorists deeming people ‘‘falsely conscious’’? For its part, mainstream American sociology has never adopted Lefebvre’s or Husserl’s notions of everyday life as a foundation of either theory or research. Parsons’ (1951) discussions of the family as a femaletended haven in a heartless male world were the basis of his functionalist social psychology that viewed socialization as the seamless acquisition of social roles of instrumentality, expressiveness, industriousness, citizenship, and worship.

But 24 Everyday Life in Our Wired World authoritarianism stretches into the long term, entrenching itself in a circulation of socialist elites, as the history of the Soviet Union amply demonstrates. Capitalism survives both because it is a preferable, more practical system and because socialism has proven to be a dismal failure. How to rebut such good arguments? I am not attempting to persuade you to be socialists and Marxists! I am more interested in defending the concept of everyday life as the centerpiece of a wired sociology, and in people’s actual everyday lives, in their diversity and commonality.

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