This clearly written and broad-ranging text introduces and explains the notion of intersubjectivity as a central concern of philosophy, sociology, psychology and politics. The main purpose of the book is to provide a coherent framework for this important concept against which the various and contrasting debates can be more clearly understood. Beyond this, Nick Crossley provides a critical discussion of intersubjectivity as an interdisciplinary concept to shed light on our understanding of selfhood, communication, citizenship, power and community. The author traces the contributions of many key thinkers engaged within the intersubjectivist tradition, including Husserl, Buber, Koj[gr]eve, Merleau-Ponty, Mead, Wittgenstein, Sc

Concrete Intersubjectivity and the Lifeworld: On Alfred Schutz

Concrete Intersubjectivity and the Lifeworld: On Alfred Schutz

Concrete intersubjectivity and the lifeworld: On alfred schutz

In this chapter I expand my focus to consider, firstly, the practical construction of intersubjective relations in the concrete contexts of everyday life and, secondly, the intersubjective bases of the socio-cultural world (‘the lifeworld’ hereafter). As the sub-title of the chapter makes clear, the thinker mainly considered in this context is Alfred Schutz. The chapter begins, however, with a discussion and critique of Mead and Merleau-Ponty's respective analyses of the social world. Schutz, I will argue, is useful and important to the extent that his approach allows us to overcome certain problems in their respective approaches.

Beyond Mead and Merleau-Ponty

In his sociological and political writings, Merleau-Ponty (1964a, 1969, 1973) projects his ...

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