If I could suggest a reading (somehow related to Foucault), how about
"The Sociology of a Door" by Bruno Latour
(http://www.ensmp.fr/~latour/articles/article/050.html). I think it
has plenty for discussion despite being (or because it is) relativly
short and enjoyable.
Can you put a bit of structure to the suggestion? The "what" and the
"when" - what kind of contribution would you like anyone to make, or
will you start off the conversation, or whatever? I think we can do
each reading in whatever way we want, but I think it'll be easier to
participate if there's a "plan" (and each plan can be different and
up to the suggestor?) - and maybe a time at which the next thing will
Happy early Labour Day Weekend,
Christine Miller, Ph.D. Candidate
Business & Organizational Anthropology
Wayne State University
Cell ph#: (248) 914-0475
"Those who would suppose that there is a logic which everyone would agree to if he understood it, are more optimistic than those versed in the history of logic have a right to be."
C. I. Lewis, 1923
See Oliver's post - he included a link in that message.
Sorry for not replying to the list sooner. Since I see that Sam Ladner
has replied with to the piece, might I suggest that we all continue
along the same line.
I will look over the piece quickly again tomorrow and add a little to
Sam's discussion. I don't know if this is much of a "plan" but lacking
any other, it seems at least like one way to proceed. Let's give it
until the end of this working week for duscussion to trickle in - if it
continues past then, all the better.
Apologies if this sounds like I'm being difficult but I would
encourage people organizing "assignments" to be VERY CLEAR about what
they want the group to do. I would suggest that's one of the reasons
(others have listed their own) for a somewhat slow and meandering
progress here (despite lots of passion and interest).
For example, this response seems to ignore Sam's suggestions around
timing and content and instead implies (perhaps I'm mis-reading) the
discussion is already underway. As a participant, this leaves me
confused, and my reaction (and this is just ME, and I'm not trying to
be critical of anyone personally) is to not put the energy in to
figuring out what's supposed to be happening (I could be lazy, perhaps).
I'll reiterate my recommendation from a couple of months ago - that
anyone who wants to do a reading should suggest a reading, and what
they want to happen (who posts what, at what point, and what they'll
be contribute) and do it. Consensus is getting us nowhere; there's no
reason for everyone to agree on everything, the discussions can
overlap and so on.
Thanks for indulging my facilitation-need (and I figure it's a
responsibility as well, since I started this little thing).
Alongside, Sams assignment question, I'll post one or two assignments
of my own and stick with Sam's dates of Sept. 15 as a deadline and
Sept. 16 as the day to post assignments back to the list.
I hope this is what you have in mind. If not then please be a little
more clear yourself as to what you expect of people who propose
readings or make one of your own as an example.
Done! See the first assignment for an example