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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Friday, November 11, 2005

One more thing

I keep thinking, that what Putnum really wants is Leave It To Beaver or Father Knows Best.

He wants groups of what Artistotle would refer to as "the good man, speaking well."

I'm not against this at all, but in his study, his focus is very much concentrated on middle-class suburban/small town white value structures. Perhaps he is looking in the wrong places. Perhaps he is looking at the wrong populations, or the wrong data.

Even with all of those graphs, tables, and charts (which were, by the way, very drab and boring), he didn't convince me. I felt that something was missing.

Maybe I'm wrong - tell me if I've missed something here.

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