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Chapter 2

In Chapter 2, you will explore the interaction of individualism and collectivism in society by considering how these two tendencies underlie different ideologies to varying degrees. Can they be reconciled? Are they opposed to each other, or do they complement each other? You will examine the impact of these dynamically linked tendencies on society as well as their influence on personal identity as you deliberate the Chapter Issue: To what extent are individualism and collectivism foundations of ideology?

Student Resource Links

Section 2, Investigation: Intellectual Property Rights, p. 77 You may wish to use one of the following links to research the subject of downloading music.


Section 2, Figure 2-7, p. 84
You may wish to research Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and their views on collective responsibility.

Section 2, Pause and Reflect, p. 85
You may wish to research how laws are made in Alberta @

Section 2, Pause and Reflect, p. 86
Defining - protective stupidity:
When dealing with this sort of group think, the only thing we can be sure of is that nobody is thinking. This is confounded by the fact that most hypnotized people cannot appreciate that they are already in a hypnotic Big Lie-protecting trance. In fact most people become irritated, defensive or even hostile at the mere suggestion, because once hypnotized there is a spontaneous impulse to defend the resulting mythology. Orwell called this "protective stupidity". (Orwell, G. "1984")

Teacher’s Resource Links
These links will support activities assigned by your teacher.

Section 1, Activity 1: Historical Individualism and Collectivism
You may be asked to look at samples of timelines. Examples of effective timelines may be found in various Alberta Grade 10 and 11 social studies textbooks, or online at:

Background Information Links
These links offer background information, alternative content, and alternative approaches to issues and topics that are addressed in the Student Resource and Teacher’s Resource.



Multiple Perspectives – Aboriginal Perspectives
First Nations Schoolnet @