Identity

a reading list: exploring theory and practice

Embracing the so called ‘cybercity’ as a specific unit of analysis, my second doctoral exam reading list will explore how processes of education and citizen participation are transmuted by the cybercity and how these transmuted processes in turn produce and reproduce the cybercity. In order for this exploration to begin clarification must first be achieved in regards what the “cybercity” is. Thus understanding the cybercity as both a physical and metaphysical construction is the objective of the first topic: “The Cybercity.”

The first subtopic (1.1) of “The Cybercity” is titled “identifying the cybercity” and focuses on understanding the cyborgization of the city as well as shaping a coherent definition of the cybercity. The second subtopic (1.2) is titled “identity and the cybercity” and explores what a collective cyber-urban identity might look like and how it is developed. The final subtopic (1.3) is titled “governance and the cybercity” and focuses on understanding the modes of governance which do (or could) assist in producing/reproducing the cybercity.

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Exploring the link between the processes of democracy and education as well as understanding the mutual shaping of each process and the cybercity is the objective of the second topic: “Democracy and Education in the Cybercity.” The first subtopic (2.1) of “Democracy and Education in the Cybercity” is titled “education and democracy” and focuses generally on exploring the link between education and democracy particularly in regards to the Dewey-Lippmann debate. The second subtopic (2.2) is titled “citizen participation and the cybercity” and explores how the process of citizen participation is transmuted by the cybercity and how such a process produces/reproduces the cybercity. The third subtopic (2.3) is titled “education, development and the cybercity” and explores how the processes of education and development are transmuted by the cybercity and how such processes produce/reproduce the cybercity.

You can view my reading list by clicking here.

Plight of the Individual in Modern Society

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From Carl Gustav Jung’s The Undiscovered Self:

The bigger the crowd the more negligible the individual becomes. But if the individual, overwhelmed by the sense of his own puniness and impotence, should feel that his life has lost its meaning – which, after all, is not identical with public welfare and higher standards of living – then he is already on the road to State slavery and, without knowing or wanting it, has become its proselyte.

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