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Finally, false dichotomies deny the possibility of alternatives, and keep us from demanding better choices.
These two dichotomies are based on functions of information gathering and decision making and each play a role in an individual's preferred teaching/learning style.
Apart from action/structure, there are also innumerable other dichotomies around which any given set of `two sociologies' can be organized--individual/society, micro/macro, tradition/ modernity--just as any form of thought in the human sciences could be approached in terms of a range of other oppositions--nature/society, reason/will, politics/science, synchrony/diachrony, etc.
Yet as I will show, these artificial dichotomies fail to consider the degree of overlap and intermingling between the categories.
We make the case that it is reasonable to base an interpretation of the dichotomies on the writings of Woodrow Wilson (1887) and Frank Goodnow (1900) because of their historical connection with the council-manager plan.
Just as the song of the Sibyl effects a compromise between Earth-bound technology and the promise of a new and different life on Mars, so the exercise of freedom on our own planet may move us beyond simple dichotomies to creative alternatives.
The authors seem to be totally unaware of O'Connor's analysis of indigenous urbanism |Richard O'Connor, A Theory of Indigenous Southeast Asian Urbanism (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1983)~, an account which sidesteps dichotomies and analyzes the nature of community, hierarchy, and transformations based on world religions and colonization.
She interrogates the historical tendency for reason to set up dichotomies and argues feminists have a great interest in defending a substantive concept of reason that breaks down the instrumental dichotomies of formal (patriarchal) reason.
But the more recent book suffers from many of the same conflations, reductiveness, false unities, false dichotomies, and oversimplifications as Black Feminist Theory.
This modification, that culture can determine social class, provides the foundation for a critique of the self-contradicting dichotomies historians such as Jacques Le Goff posit between exclusivist and inclusivist mentalities, between "class" mentalities and "unifying" mentalities.