By Simon J. Charlesworth

ISBN-10: 0511011105

ISBN-13: 9780511011108

ISBN-10: 0521650666

ISBN-13: 9780521650663

Charlesworth examines topics of poverty and sophistication by means of concentrating on a specific town--Rotherham--in South Yorkshire, England, and utilizing the private testimony of deprived those who stay there, got via recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to their lifestyles tales the interpretative instruments of philosophy and social idea, drawing specifically at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty. Charlesworth argues the tradition defined during this booklet isn't specific to Rotherham and the issues pointed out during this e-book could be typical to economically powerless and politically dispossessed humans all over the place.

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Hence the book tries to make visible the complexities of the primordial bond between person and world, as one in which the body as a socialized medium is the site of a generative capacity to structure our understanding of the world which makes this relation of subject and world one of ontological complicity. The context-conferring-sense, therefore, must involve a knowledge of what their experience owes to their embodiment, to the way that they live their bodies and live their marks as working class people.

The world as pure spectacle into which I am not absorbed, but which I contemplate and point out. As far as bodily space is concerned, it is clear that there is a knowledge of place which is reducible to a sort of co-existence with that place, and which is not simply nothing, even though it cannot be conveyed by a description or even by the mute reference of a gesture . . The whole operation takes place in the domain of the phenomenal; it does not run through the objective world. (Merleau-Ponty 1962: 105) This I take to mean that the deepest knowledge of a place is something that cannot be conveyed because it is carried in comportment (the mute structure in whose context gesture ‘refers’), even ‘transferred’ in that medium of silent sense, through non-verbal cues that instil in space its contours of amiability or aggression.

Merleau-Ponty 1962: 105) This I take to mean that the deepest knowledge of a place is something that cannot be conveyed because it is carried in comportment (the mute structure in whose context gesture ‘refers’), even ‘transferred’ in that medium of silent sense, through non-verbal cues that instil in space its contours of amiability or aggression. 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.

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