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1Reflections of the Sociological Self, from Du Bois to Simmel, from Individuals to NationsKevin D. HanningSOCI303 Assignment 3American Military University
REFLECTIONS OF THE SOCIOLOGICAL SELF, FROM DU BOIS TO SIMMEL, FROM INDIVIDUALS TO NATIONS2It has been quoted for what seems a millennia, “To thine own self, be true.” This identity of ‘self’ can take different forms, either around different individuals or groups, or within, a reflection one gets from various groups, forming his or her own social identity they portray within said groups. Two icons in the realm of sociology, Georg Simmel and W.E.B. Du Bois. Both contribute massively to this phenomenon of the ever-changing social self in their works of ‘The Stranger’ [ CITATION Tur02 \l 1033 ] and the idea of ‘Twoness’ in “The Souls of Black Folk, (Du Bois, W. E. B., 1903)In Simmel’s writing, The Stranger, it is expounded upon, the identity of certain group members which are both kept at arm’s length and held closely simultaneously. Written of a time when traders and commoners intermingled, a call to a more genteel time of, perhaps sword and steed. A stranger is the type of person, such as an intermediary, which may reside within the physical confines of a community or group but has only in common with its other members what is necessary for their interaction. They are often called upon during disputes of commerce to act as a trader, who is detached from either side, yet knows about the respects of both. While this seems perfectly normal to the reader, who sees this typeof interaction in modern settings, where one acts in a strictly professional basis, like a cop, this individual is set aside internally, as one who doesn’t quite fit in either party’s world, a rogue, if you will. In modern times one might envision this stranger in a leather jacket, perhaps with stubble and a motorcycle. Set aside from society, this loner type could be sympathized with for his ‘aloneness’ but onemust keep in mind, they are also set aside from most societal constrictions, save the rule of law. I can recall as a young sailor in home port, I would hang out with first one group, then another, never feeling as if I never really clicked with any of them. At one point, I found myself at a sorority house party with agroup of young ladies. They took quite a shine to me, after my cooking and conversation and asked me to stay on, but only ‘crashing’on their couch, nothing amorous. As with any group of young people, there would be disagreements, most came complete with yelling and door slamming. Me, the strangerto
REFLECTIONS OF THE SOCIOLOGICAL SELF, FROM DU BOIS TO SIMMEL, FROM INDIVIDUALS TO NATIONS3everybody, was not a part of the din nor had any stake in things argued over, but fully up to speed with all parties involved, would frequently be called upon to step in in the attempt to sort things out and calm the tide. Later on in my career, I found that as a mid-level manager, I was set aside from the goings-on

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