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Title: Where do the limits of experience lie? Abandoning the dualism of objectivity and subjectivity
Authors: Greiffenhagen, Christian
Sharrock, Wes
Keywords: Pierre Bourdieu
Jean Lave
Social practice theory
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © SAGE Publications
Citation: GREIFFENHAGEN, C. and SHARROCK, W., 2008. Where do the limits of experience lie? Abandoning the dualism of objectivity and subjectivity. History of the Human Sciences, 21 (3), pp. 70 - 93.
Abstract: The relationship between 'subjective' and 'objective' features of social reality (and between 'subjectivist' and 'objectivist' sociological approaches) remains problematic within social thought. Phenomenology is often taken as a paradigmatic example of subjectivist sociology, since it supposedly places exclusive emphasis on actors' 'subjective' interpretations, thereby neglecting 'objective' social structures. In this article, we question whether phenomenology is usefully understood as falling on either side of the standard divides, arguing that phenomenology's conception of 'subjective' experience of social reality includes many features taken to be 'objective' elements of it. We illustrate our argument by a critical examination of Jean Lave's attempt to differentiate social practice theory from phenomenology. We show that many theoretical positions that want to overcome the subjective-objective dualism retain an objectivist conception of the 'subjective' features of social reality. © 2008 SAGE Publications.
Description: This article was published in the journal, History of the Human Sciences [© SAGE Publications] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952695108093954
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0952695108093954
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13252
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952695108093954
ISSN: 0952-6951
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