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Values From A Pragmatic Perspective

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One way to look at the change in social environment that produces human values is to notice that the traditional, intimate social environment known as community was and is one where people know each other in depth, while the modern, bureaucratized social environment known as association is one where certain specialists know about certain things in depth, and the mass of people do not share common knowledge about much of anything. The modern world seems especially to offer greater opportunities for social morality and bureaucratic expertise allows allocating wealth from society at large in complex ways, but offers fewer opportunities for interpersonal morality. When Latin American immigrants come to the US the weakening of authoritarian family and church control over their children doesn't automatically produce self-control. The pragmatic means for nudging social evolution in the right direction has much to do with what politics, and political sociology.

Keywords: Latin American immigrants; modern world; social morality



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