Joseph E. Davis is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and moderator of the Picturing the Human colloquy at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His latest book is Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery.
Mysteriously, biologically, men and women want, or want to want, “the same thing.”
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.