By Simon J. Charlesworth
Charlesworth examines issues of poverty and sophistication through concentrating on a selected town--Rotherham--in South Yorkshire, England, and utilizing the non-public testimony of deprived those who stay there, obtained via recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to their lifestyles tales the interpretative instruments of philosophy and social concept, drawing specifically at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty. Charlesworth argues the tradition defined during this ebook isn't really exact to Rotherham and the issues pointed out during this ebook might be wide-spread to economically powerless and politically dispossessed humans in all places.
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These two responses are perhaps most interesting, in that they express precisely the relation Bourdieu himself sees between objectification and experience: X: Is it ‘ard this Bourdieu to read, like? ‘Cos them bits ye’v read to mi, the’r [they’re] fuckin’ spot on. Ye’ know it’s stuff A’ve [I’ve] allous [always] felt but A’ve never bin able to explain. Ye know, like when Ah [I] wo at school an’ college, an’ it all meks perfect sense ahr [how] he explains it but Ah wun’t never Ah [have] thought o’r it like that .
It deals with a way of thinking and feeling about our everyday world, the way in which we perceive it as given. It refers to that which we think from rather than what we think about. As such, it refers to those schemes of thought and perception which objective structures produce but which we experience as given and which we take for granted. Therefore, it is constituted by those Introduction 31 systems of classification which establish limits to what we contemplate in discursive consciousness, thus producing an inability to see the arbitrariness on which the classification and the structures have been established.
All of them are central concepts developed and used by Pierre Bourdieu. Introducing some concepts: practice, habitus, ethos, doxa, reflexivity The meaning of many of the concepts will become clearer from the context in which they are used: but I will offer a preliminary sense of their meaning which will help the reader to enter the discussion. (a) Practice Bourdieu has argued for a ‘unified political economy of practice’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant 1992: 4) and symbolic power that integrates phenomenological and structural approaches into a coherent approach to social reality.
A Phenomenology of Working-Class Experience by Simon J. Charlesworth