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4_12_05_460j_rev - 21A.460 Geurts Topic for discussion How...

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21A.460 April 12, 2005 Geurts Topic for discussion: How lived experience, phenomenological ways of being, can differ across cultures Is it true to say that those who are living in a particular social context have similarities in how lived experience is understood and represented? Bourdieu: social scientist who studied different ways of understanding the other o Pg. 127 – can apply Bourdieu’s model o Emphasized rational systematization and logical criticism What does one need to do to experience cross-culturally Concept of ‘trope’ introduced. How information is elicited (ie the type of question asked, phrasing) can influence what responses are obtained o For example, asking what senses are given privilege could be a primarily Western convention that could elicit incorrect information in a social context where the term ‘sense’ has a different social construction Bourdieu’s notion of habitus : the idea can be used to analyze how people ‘sense’ their world o Habitus is not culture. A person is born into a certain place in society through whose conventions of reality he learns a particular way to see, how to perceive, what aspects of environment to attend to. The habitus of a person
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