Whole Personhood and the Double Movement – Toward a Unified Framework. Introduction by Julianna Faludi
WHOLE PERSONHOOD & THE DOUBLE MOVEMENT ÷ A UNIFIED VIEW
THE CONCEPT OF WHOLE PERSONHOOD
Investigating how individuals navigate personal, public, economic, political, social and personal spheres is one of the means of understanding the dynamics that exist between the agency of individuals and those of the forces of structure. Furthermore, the economic field and the role of money and labor in it define the latter and the extent to which alienation extends and how individuals are restricted in their wholeness (in actions and choices). The concept of Whole Personhood departs from the approach of the role of labor by defining the individual's place in the socioeconomic system. For understanding how labor shapes the different formations of whole personhood, the authors of this book rely on the concept of commodification by Polanyi. The concept of whole personhood is not a universal mold that defines an ideal type of human existence, and it does not offer a radical restructuring of the system – rather, it is a frame based on choice, individual action, and a decommodified space for human existence.
To this end, we may need to reconsider the role of labor in the life of an individual and how the economic arrangements of capitalism define this across time (Chapter 4 by Varela & della Santa), as well as investigating digitization (Chapter 1 by Faludi, and Chapter 6 by Mols & Wijngaarden) and intersectionalities (Chapter 2 by Dén-Nagy, Chapter 8 by Pinto-López, Montaudon-Tomas and Yáñez-Moneda). Commodification, an expanding process, is capturing ever more physical space that is essential for human existence, including land (nature), thereby shrinking the array of choices (explored in Chapter 5 by Panico and Pascucci). Individuals navigating the pressure of collapsing spheres develop resilience (Chapter 9 by Tepavcevic) and expand their creativity (Chapter 7 by Guerra) as a result of their struggle for decommodified private spaces. The following sections will locate the concept of whole personhood within the frame of the double movement.
HOW THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION TRANSFORMS WHOLE PERSONHOOD
The Double Movement
Julianna Faludi PhD is a sociologist and writer. She is interested in the relationship of technology, society and the arts, and ethical consumption. Her background is in economic sociology, development studies, and humanities. As a professor she has a track record in lecturing courses in Innovation, Branding, the Arts, Russia studies, and Sociology. Beforehand she worked with regional development in different roles. Julianna has experience in broadcasting, giving talks, and writing. She masters several languages, Russian, Italian, English, French and Hungarian.
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