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By Jorge Larraín

Este libro de Jorge Larraín explora de manera sistemática las relaciones entre modernidad, globalización, neoliberalismo e identidad en América Latina. El objetivo es contestar algunas preguntas pendientes que no han sido suficientemente analizadas y dilucidar algunas confusiones conceptuales que se han ido difundiendo.

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Smith’s Amerirari Sorielogy and Pragrriatissr: Mead, Chirap Socioloa and Symbolic Interactinti (1980). See Blumer’s response, “Going Astray with a Logical Scheme” (1983) and Lewis and Smith’s rejoinder, “Putting the Symbol in Symbolic Interactionism” (Synrbolic Interaction 1983, 6165-1 74). The substance of this debate, centering on Lewis and Smith’s miscasting Blumer as a “nominalist” and Mead as a “realist,” is discussed in the Blumer-Miller correspondence contained in the appendix to this volume.

Is “meaning a state of consciousness, or is it some other kind of psychic stuff pulled out of the inner recesses o f the mind-as many assert and many more believe? O r is it, as even more would hold, some kind of quality intrinsic to whatever is recognized to have meaning? Mead rejects both of these aged and widely held views. For him, “meaning” is neither psychic stuff added to or fused into an already existing bit of behavior or object nor a quality already resident in the behavior or object, waiting merely to be observed.

And this is what distinguishes communication from mere response of organism to organism in interaction, as in the case of nonsymbolic interaction. This distinction sets apart true communication from “signaling,” as in the case of animals, or from simulated communication, as in the case of a cybernetic machine. It is what Mead had in mind in his famous and often quoted remark to the effect that a gesture is significant when the person who makes it responds to it in the same way as does the person to whom it is made.

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