Sunday, January 23, 2005

discussion question numero uno

While I was reading the articles for this week, I kept thinking of an article I'd read a few months ago (I think it was in Slate, but for the life of me I can't find it in their archives)that said that many peoples were joining an exodus away from the cities and back to the small towns. The reason cited was better schools with smaller classes for their children, but I also wonder if an equal part of their rationale had to do with the "difficulty of giving one's own personality a certain status within the framework of metropolitan life" (Simmel, 42). Such an endeavor is easier to accomplish within the framework of a small community, and therefore the effort of making oneself eccentric is not as necessary.

Thoughts?

1 comment:

Sara said...

Taking that idea further down a similar path, per Burgess, do we succumb to "natural economic and cultural groupings" more so in the city, which creates segregation depending on traits or types of individuals? is this segregation imposed by the structure more necessary in the city or just the result of the "melting pot" assimilating? And then is the city's culture continually evolving to depict a reflection of these people or a social structure responding to it? Apparently I have more questions than striking answers...