101 CM Transport Clash Drill

101 CM Transport Clash Drill - File Name DDI `08...

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File Name Adit Chipalkatti DDI ‘08 Clark/Martin Frontline 1. Turn-integration will result in the rich retaliating against the impure poor Jerry Frug Professor of Law @ Harvard, May1996 Stanford Law Review, "Surveying Law and Borders," [adit] P Richard Sennett's important book, The Uses of Disorder: Personal Identity and City Life, presents contrasting psychological pictures of homogeneous and heterogeneous communities.13 Sennett associates the desire to live in a homo- geneous suburb or neighborhood-the desire for what he calls a "purified com- munity"-with a psychological style developed in adolescence .14 Adolescents , he says, fear being overwhelmed by life's painful uncertainties and complexi- ties. To overcome this fear, they attempt to create an orderly, coherent, and stable self- image. This sense of self enables them to deal with their anxieties through a strategy of avoidance. Adolescents thus organize their lives to pre- clude exposure to the unknown or the bewildering. For example, they decide on a career before they have any experience that might indicate what the alter- natives would be like; they search for an ideal romantic relationship rather than confront the endless conflicts and mysteries of human intimacy; they seek to get "on top of things"-to assert control-in order to escape from the embar- rassment and confusion of being uninformed or surprised about what's going on around them. These instincts to exclude, to purify, and to control, Sennett contends, generate in adults the efforts to foster the sense of solidarity and cohesion symbolized by homogeneous suburbs. These purified communities reflect a desire for a collective form of identity, a collective defense against the unpredictable, the disorienting, or the painful. The aspiration for such a collective identity is frequently developed before moving to any particular location. It expresses a longing for a fantasy of a community, not the actual experience of interpersonal contact . On the contrary, the image of a purified community enables its residents to avoid dealing with each other. Residents of a purified community need not suffer the disruption and annoyance of actual engagement with the strangers who live nearby be- cause the "we" feeling allows them to "imagine that they know all about each other, and their knowledge becomes a vision of how they must be the same."'15 Although this common identity is a fabrication , the lie they have formed as their common image is a usable falsehood-a myth-for the group. Its use is that it makes a coherent image of the commu- nity as a whole: people draw a picture of who they are that binds them all together as one being , with a definite set of desires, dislikes, and goals. The image of the community is purified of all that might convey a feeling of differ- ence, let alone conflict, in who "we" are.16 Like the adolescents' purified sense of individual identity, this collective self-image has concrete consequences. It produces efforts to create a stable
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