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UnderstandingSociety: Methodological localism
"I offer a social ontology that I refer to as methodological localism (ML). This theory of social entities affirms that there are large social structures and facts that influence social outcomes. But it insists that these structures are only possible insofar as they are embodied in the actions and states of socially constructed individuals. The “molecule” of all social life is the socially constructed and socially situated individual, who lives, acts, and develops within a set of local social relationships, institutions, norms, and rules."
sociology  explanation  social  ontology  philosophy  theory  localism  methodology 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: In firelight and in darkness
Part of ongoing series about abiding and leaving.
experience  age  localism 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: Abiders and leavers
Part of an ongoing series of letters about staying and leaving, abiding and going.
experience  age  localism  past  cosmopolitanism  mobility  generation  perception  country(Norway) 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: On Native Ground
essay on staying put where you grew up
experience  age  localism  past 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Robert Paterson's Weblog: Renewing the Banking System - Going Back to "Boring" - Bring back Utilities for Public Goods
"Credit, energy, media and food are the critical parts of what makes our way of life possible. In the last 50 years, and especially in the last 20 years, these have ended up in the hands of a tiny group of oligarchs.

They have run them in such a way that now our entire way of life is threatened."
oligarchy  oligopoly  banking  food  electricity  politics  localism  commons  public-goods  media 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Alternative currency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alternative currency is a term that refers to any currency used as an alternative to the dominant national or multinational currency systems (usually referred to as national or fiat money).
wikipedia  reference  money  alternative  alternative-currency  localism  economics 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Print Your Own Money - Boing Boing
The only way for banks - who run such an economy - to make more money is to lend more out. So they looked for more borrowers, as well as more places to park their cash. As a result, the things you and I depend on in the real world became investment vehicles. Homes, oil, resources...you name it. So the costs of all these things went up not because of any real laws of supply and demand, but because they had become new classes of investment.
economics  gloom-and-doom  localism  money  currency  alternative 
september 2008 by tsuomela
Douglas Rushkoff » Financial Melt Up
All this means is that you can’t count on capitalism anymore. Your wealth is not how many paper assets you have. It’s not even how much land you have (or think you have). It’s what you can do. It’s your value to other people.

The real economy need not suffer in the downfall of the speculative economy. If anything, the real economy has been repressed by the speculative economy. Real farmers have been crushed by Big Agra, real druggists have been crushed by Wal-Mart and real transportation alternatives have been crushed by Big Oil and Big Auto.

The opportunity here, while the big boys are down, is to rebuild the genuine, local commercial infrastructure. To make shoes, clothes, food, education, healthcare and everything else we can in a bottom-up fashion. While speculators enjoy the economy of scale, we inhabit an ecology scaled to the human being that was lost in the corporatist equation.
economics  localism  capitalism  financial-services  wealth  labor 
september 2008 by tsuomela
Notional Slurry » One more niggling, brief concern on “human scale”
Right-sized meetings, hand-made crafts, simple graceful little software projects, locally-grown food, first-hand personal experiences in our worklives and abroad. Don’t like politics, TV, mass production, don’t like best-sellers, or shrink-wrapped mea
environment  scale  localism  human-scale 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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