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Adversarial Compulsion and Deviance

On Tuesday, September 12, 2000, Frances Cardona wrote:

Jeanne, as I continue to read Fellman, I am more convinced that society makes or teaches us to be adversial. It starts since the day we are born, when were compared to our parents or sibling's physical features. As we continue to grow we're either compared to our siblings or other children. We go to school and then work, and there we are more competitive, at whatever cost.

Jeanne, can being adversial be considered deviant?

On Thursday, September 14, 2000, jeanne responded:

Frances, that's a great question. I don't think I ever would have thought of the adversarialism compulsion as deviant. Mainly that's because it's normative. As we approach global capitalism in the twenty-first century most people espouse adversarialism, just as you have indicated, because our society either "makes or teaches us to be adversarial." We usually define deviant as that which deviates from the normative. But if the whole normative system is going in the wrong direction, if 50 million Frenchmen do appear to be wrong, then maybe we need to think of that as deviant, and try to get ourselves back on track.

More soon . . . jeanne