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collective conscience

the shared beliefs and associated moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within a society As used especially by DURKHEIM, the term particularly refers to simpler societies based on mechanical solidarity, in which the DIVISION OF LABOUR is not advanced. In more complex societies, according to Durkheim, a shared collective conscience becomes less important, and social solidarity is based at least in part on reciprocity rather than likeness (see MECHANICAL AND ORGANIC SOLIDARITY). See also COLLECTIVE REPRESENTATION.
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Slowly, hour by hour, the collective consciousness woke up, the tide of patriotic astonishment and humiliation came floating in.
Lodged deep in the collective consciousness, these stories have manifested themselves in various art forms over the centuries, and their retellings continue in literary and artistic practices, their tone dependent on the sociopolitical climate and the identity of the speaker.
The survey, which interviewed more than 1,500 adults Aug 17-21, found that the 9/11 attacks have been seared into the public's collective consciousness in a way that no other modern event ever has.
The book is a call for academic reform, collective accountability from the communities that bear the burden of nurturing this athletic talent and the institutions that benefit from it, and collective consciousness to the Black male athletes that make of the largest percentage of athletes who generate the most revenue for the NCAA and its member institutions.
To m G errard, These extreme cases are, thankfully, rare and are the exception rather than the rule, but are understandably seared on our collective consciousness because the crimes are so despicable and because the perpetrators are children.
In an article published in the International Journal of Comic Art, pop-culture guru Rob Weiner basically says that Spider-Man and his costumed peers have entered mankind's collective consciousness, filling a shared need for heroes.
I was shocked by some of her shenanigans but cheered by her determination to bring the plight of Aids and landmines to our collective consciousness.
Anthony Hopkins's Oscar-winning portrayal of the brilliant yet deadly killer in The Silence of the Lambs immortalised the character in the collective consciousness, whispering the immortal lines: "A census taker once tried to test me.
Those same chilling television images, now seared into our collective consciousness, replay in Paul Greengrass's harrowing recreation of events on board the fourth hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93.
Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian's acclaimed novel Soul Mountain--the spiritual quest of the author going deep down into the dark abyss of his inner self, which he named the Soul Mountain, a physical and spiritual Utopia--set a precedent for the new literary form: the nebulous narrator in the voice of a collective consciousness (see WLT 75:1, pp.
In her new book, Marita Golden uses many of her own stories and takes examples from her friend's lives, as well as images in the media and long-held stereotypes, to explore how inter- and intra-racial attitudes about skin color in particular continue to affect the collective consciousness of people of African descent.
The steps in the process begin with dialogue; move to familiarity, then to collective consciousness, and finally to engaging differences.

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