social metonymy in Iraq

One of the New York Times lead stories, Shiite’s Tale: How Gulf With Sunnis Widened, opens with a microsocial version of the macrosocial dynamics which has overtaken Iraqi politics. The cycle is vicious…previous macrostructures inspire (infect?) microsocial interactions which, in their turn, lead to widespread social (cultural, political, religious) patterns. Effective interventions have to occur at both (all) levels – and be integrated with each other: those individuals who can do the emotional and intellectual labor of disengaging themselves from the dialectic-in-effect must also manage to maintain positions of political influence and become rhetorically effective at using language to exert voice.

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