3-3 Thinking about the social

3-3 Thinking about the social - Durkheim, Mauss, and the...

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1 Durkheim, Mauss, and the social fact’ ± The terms ‘social fact,’ or the ‘total social fact’ are now out of fashion. ± However, the key idea behind them remains: that even the smallest facts of human life are tied into a much broader social system of behavior and meaning . Problem-solving with ethnography “the hermeneutics of suspicion” – Paul Rabinow ± hermeneutics : the scholarly study of sacred texts in search of hidden meanings. ± Refers to the interest shared by anthropologists and many contemporary philosophers in – ² uncovering the forces at work beneath the surface of everyday appearances, ² and getting to the bottom of how things that are not natural come to seem that way. Anthropological thinking starts with the hunch that the “native” view of what is happening is partial or incomplete. Even what people take to be natural may really be (and often is) cultural.
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2 Included in the cultural ‘background understanding’ of things… ± myself: my powers, abilities (agency)
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