chapter  6
9 Pages

The Social Self and Community: The Foundation of the Framework

The task in this chapter is to lay out an alternative view of selfhood that is not individualistic and that entails a conception of community that is part and parcel of the self rather than an aggregation of individuals.1 This view will be diffi cult for people to understand since most of us are rooted in an individualistic view of persons and think of community as the sum of all the individuals who are involved in some kind of collective endeavor. In other words, the whole is merely the sum of the parts, and we usually break the whole down into parts that can be better understood and manipulated. This is the way science works, and this is the way we tend to think of organizations. If there is a problem with organizational life, we break it down into parts to fi nd out what is wrong.