Corporate Action in a City: A Media Archeology with Respect to Institutionalized Forms to Frame the Unexpected

8 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2013

Date Written: June 28, 2008

Abstract

A city is an ecological unity combining people known to each other and people unknown to each other. The city may be defined as the social institution enabling people unknown to each other to nevertheless live together. This is non-trivial if you compare an urban society to tribal societies. To this day to accept people unknown to you to tax you and to tell you how to behave in accordance with the law, to teach your children, to sell to you and buy from you, to present works of art to you, and to sit next to you in busses and trams is a socially and psychologically demanding treat. Max Weber claims that living together with unknown people became only possible by overcoming the many gods of the tribes and instead meeting to worship only one of them. By using a Spencer-Brown expression we may be able to code the social institution of the city.

Suggested Citation

Baecker, Dirk, Corporate Action in a City: A Media Archeology with Respect to Institutionalized Forms to Frame the Unexpected (June 28, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2352403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2352403

Dirk Baecker (Contact Author)

Witten/Herdecke University ( email )

Germany

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