Putnam's Paradox: Diversity, Destruction of Community, and Anti-Oedipal Psychology

Posted: 3 Oct 2014

Date Written: October 1, 2014

Abstract

Robert Putnam found that increased diversity was associated with the decline of social capital, with the exception of political activity. I propose that it was not diversity, as such, that led to this decline, but the identity politics associated with it. This politics is discussed in term of the dynamics of political correctness and anti-oedipal psychology, representing an attack on the paternal function, which underlies social connections, in the name of maternal omnipotence. This has given rise to the normalization of the pristine self, which cannot countenance anything but love for itself. The pristine self is illustrated through the concept of microaggression.

Keywords: Robert Putnam, diversity, identity politics, social capital, pristine self, political correctness, racism, microaggression

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Howard, Putnam's Paradox: Diversity, Destruction of Community, and Anti-Oedipal Psychology (October 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2503137 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2503137

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