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- To be fair, although it could be argued that the subject is a movement, the WP article was never more than three sentences, for pretty much the same reason that Hippiepedia is a one-person effort about a whole collection of movements
The Collective consciousness is an ethical awareness shared within a society. Social consciousness pushes this awareness beyond the "lowest common denominator" issues, and outside of societal groups. That is to say, from the issues that everyone has in common, towards issues faced by minority groups. For minority group members, the situation is reversed, and their personal issues are the less common issues. A person in a marginalized group strongly identifies with their group, and is an excellent source of information about the problems facing their group.
It can also be defined as social awareness; to be aware of the problems that different societies and communities face on a day-to-day basis; to be conscious of the difficulties and hardships of society. The easiest way to acquire it is to derive it from the mainstream culture (WP); this was never a very good place to get it, even in the '70s, when the culture of the '60s had been assimilated and before the backlash. Acquiring social consciousness from the mainstream is decreasingly effective, both because the mainstream is becoming more right-wing, and the alternatives are better, more numerous, and considerably easier to access (the Internet). However, it is most sound and a part of the person when they derive it from applying ethics (WP) to the workings of the world.
In a utopia (WP), social consciousness would be an awareness of the means by which society works. As it stands now, there being so many inequities in the world, Social consciousness is less about the way society works, and more about the way it doesn't. In between, there is the obvious move towards envisioning the utopia, and the way it works. And somewhere along the line, how to get there; this last is the complicated part.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "EBSCOhost - world's foremost premium research database service". Search.ebscohost.com. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2005-09391-004&site=ehost-live. Retrieved 2013-07-11.