Texts on culture change

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Originally [posted] on free-association.net, August, 2006 -- better formatted and with links.

  • Changing the Bully who Rules the World, Carol Bly. Empathic reading as a mechanism for change. Hmm, okay, still gotta figure out how to get people to read, but there might be ways to generalize
  • Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks. One way of looking at the problem of creating change is that those of us who see the need to change and at least some of the possibile directions have to teach others ...
  • Constructing the Political Spectacle, Murray Edelman. From the back cover: "Edelman examines te ways in which social problems, leaders, and enemies are constructed and the political functions they serve.
  • Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, Michael Hardt and Antionio Negri. I think there is extremely interesting thinking here about diversity and collective action, as well as the notion of "biopower" and soft weapons
  • Democracy Matters, Cornell West. Lots of good stuff here, and his extension of the Prophetic/Constantinian distinction beyond its traditional application to religion is absolutely brilliant. There's a brief overview and a video online
  • Massive Change, Bruce Mau and the Institute without Boundaries. The potential of design.
  • Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough. An interesting example of reconciling apparently-opposed forces (environmentalism and business); more generally, McDonough brings up the question about whether and how to engage with organizations like Wal-Mart and the Chinese government.
  • [Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science], Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. A great, short, and extremely readable introduction to situated knowledge and standpoint theory -- both of which apply far more broadly than "just" philosophy of technoscience.
  • Anything is Possible, Astral Projection (the psytrance group, not the out-of-body phenomenon). Because sometims it's useful to remind myself that anything is indeed possible.