By Stephen Harold Riggins (ed.)
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Extra info for Beyond Goffman: Studies on Communication, Institution, and Social Interaction
In fact, Durkheim said many interesting things about society which modern day social scientists would prefer to forget: Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own peculiar characteristics, which are not found elsewhere and which are not met with again in the same form in all the rest of the universe. . There are two beings in (man): an individual being which has its foundation in the organism and the circle of whose activities is therefore strictly limited, and a social being which represents the highest reality in the social and moral order that we can know by observation — I mean society (1915:28-29).
Human beings are perfectly adapted to society and to expression, perfectly adapted to convey truths and equally perfectly adapted to falsification. Science cannot resolve this, at least science as we now know it. It has lived for too long on the side of 'truth' to be able to understand life as it is actually lived. Religion won't help. Sociohistorical matters have advanced to the point that even the rather supple moral formulations of Christianity no longer provide answers. The church does not know what to do when good and bad and true and false fall out of alignment.
7 It should be theoretically, and eventually practically, feasible to constitute human society and relationships as existing between principles, fully dependent on two or more orders which are not otherwise related, as, for example, language exists between, and is fully dependent upon, grammar and rhetoric which are otherwise unrelated. Such a conception requires a re-valuation of dis-unity. So long as society is conceived as a giant ego, 'dis-unity' can only convey a sense of dread and anxiety associated with threat of loss of an essential 'member', the term aptly used in the old social science paradigms to mean both an individual within a group, and the penis, or 'male member'.