Joseph E. Davis is Research Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and moderator of the Picturing the Human colloquy at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is editor (with Ana Marta González), most recently, of To Fix or To Heal: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine.
The rate of change, the kinds of change, and the scope of change taking place today are impossible to understand without also looking at the ways they are affecting societies and how we understand and experience ourselves and others.
We know very little about what we are doing, why we do it, or how we feel about it.
Social and cultural change, from the rise of the “information economy” to changes in family life to the technological mediation of our relationships, is happening all around us.
Thinking more deeply about how we can inhabit the public sphere with others.
Adolescents can and often do live under considerable stress.
The shaping and conditioning of our self-understanding by consumption is one form of the commodification of self.