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 that dwell there, received via recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to their existence tales the interpretative instruments of philosophy and social conception, drawing particularly at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty. Charlesworth argues the tradition defined during this ebook isn't particular to Rotherham and the issues pointed out during this e-book can be established to economically powerless and politically dispossessed humans in all places.
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It is that realm which affects how things show up for us, but which we seldom think about because it concerns the world in which we are spontaneously absorbed in coping with the space we must negotiate in order to achieve our immediate projects. To put it simply, understanding the everyday world of places means understanding the spatiality of absorbed involvement, of being inhabited by its phenomenal sense. That is, Introduction 21 to have been engaged, or produced by, its involvement-structure, such that one’s body knows the sense that passes by ‘postural impregnation’ among those who share the space, and knowing that this sense haunts conscious attempts to constitute a world within that realm.
Taylor 1989b: 2) The relation of person/world is situated in the dynamic of body/space, and is thus socially located to the extent of becoming the site of a necessary particularity. These are the consequences of an appreciation of the lived body as the site of a generative capacity of practical understanding which enmires the person, knowingly and unknowingly, in an objective being. Place, then, as a social site related to other positions and social localities and known as a locality in which experience, memory and feeling are constituted, is critical to understanding being-in-the-world.
It is a place in which life is consumed by the ordinary everyday mundanity of a people who are excluded from anything approximating to a form of civil society. It is a life of banal tragedy in which human energy is sapped by the consummate wastefulness of a welfare system which aggressively disciplines working people so as to achieve the chimera of efficiency in the nation’s human resources. So, perception of the environment rarely rises to that level of objectification that the conditions of contemplation might allow.