The Stranger: An Essay in Social Psychology
The Stranger: An essay in Social Psychology, ..
Some recently published texts that Schutz authored during an ethicsinstitute in 1956 make possible an even richer awareness of his viewson politics. In these documents, he recognizes the complex, unforeseenconsequences resulting from social change, urges active engagement withothers as crucial for developing social and civil judgment, andexamines the barriers to sound civil judgment created by government,political parties, pressure organizations, mass media, and educational,familial, religious, and professional institutions. At one point, heeven criticizes views that limit democracy to mere majoritarian ruleinsofar as they neglect the importance of the single individual'sability “to make his personal opinion be heard andappreciated,” preferably in smaller publics, such as families,schools, local communities (cited in L. Embree 1999, 271). One couldtake Schutz's thoughts here to converge with political theoriesfavoring what is today known as deliberative democracy. Moroever, hisnormative judgment against implementations of democracy that increasethe anonymity of citizens suggests that a parallel normative, evenethical, dimension informs his many theoretic endeavors to retrievefrom anonymity the neglected subjective viewpoint of actors, whetherstrangers, homecomers, victims of discrimination, or the“forgotten man” of social sciences.
"The stranger : an essay in social psychology" et ..
SCHUTZ, Alfred. The well-informed citizen: an essay on the social distribution of knowledge. In: Collected papers. v. II. Studies in social theory, edited by Arvid Brodersen. The Hague: Nijhoff, 1964 . p. 120-134.