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Collision of the individual with the communal

February 18, 2011

What provides social cohesion if we value the right to disagree?

What unites us?

Our reliance upon each other (reliance for what?)?

How much does the creation of a new, unidentifiable place, which we are not connected to, affect our sense of identity within a narrative? (in Bernard Beckett’s Genesis, Fleur Beale’s Juno of Taris, Mandy Hager’s The Crossing, for example)   What do we connect to in such a place?

ASIDE – What about a place in time… NOTE Maurice Gee’s Plumb: Plumb sees moral stagnation everywhere and struggles to attain the ultimate ‘Truth’ …however, his certitude isolates him from those around him. The reader sees the very subjective nature of Plumb’s reality as he ‘journeys’ towards ‘light’ and love (often represented by Eddie!). What does Plumb show us about social cohesion? (NB also: each of Plumb’s children have different beliefs)


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