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What is a Worldview?

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Shaun Weadick

on 24 January 2017

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Transcript of What is a Worldview?

What is a Worldview?
The way that an individual, a community, a society understands their reality.
Capitalism as World View
Capitalism as a Worldview
this is informed by:
religion
ideology
minority/majority position
career/personal practice
What is a Worldview?
privilege/oppression
dominant culture/subculture
Assumptions
WORLDVIEW
Beliefs
Values
what is true and what is not
what is good and what is not

"Capitalism is a system capable of maximizing social welfare while minimizing government intervention" (Bowles, 2007)
BELIEFS:
VALUES:
Humans are fundamentally selfish, greedy
"Markets and profit making are natural" (Bowles 2007)
Private property and free markets maximizes profit; government inhibits growth/profit
competition
growth
profit
freedom
progress
innovation
Competition is positive and creates growth, innovation
individualism leads the greatest collective goood
The values/beliefs of a worldview are rarely explicitly detailed but rather, taught through
socialization.
This becomes "
common sense
"
This forms the background of what we deem "
objective truth
"
Expression
WORLDVIEW
INSTITUTIONS
CULTURE
material
immaterial
individual and communities navigate institutions and culture from different positions (different subjectivities)
social identities (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, etc) have an impact on who we see and how we are seen in relation to a worldview
formal
informal
law, economy, health, politics, policing, etc
norms and common practices surrounding family, relationships, work
objects, clothes, art,
song, buildings, etc
stories, shared understandings,
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