By Simon J. Charlesworth
Charlesworth examines issues of poverty and sophistication via targeting a specific town--Rotherham--in South Yorkshire, England, and utilizing the private testimony of deprived those that reside there, obtained via recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to their lifestyles tales the interpretative instruments of philosophy and social idea, drawing particularly at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty. Charlesworth argues the tradition defined during this e-book isn't distinctive to Rotherham and the issues pointed out during this ebook may be everyday to economically powerless and politically dispossessed humans all over.
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As he suggests: I think that in terms of symbolic domination, resistance is more difficult, since it is something you absorb like air, something you don’t feel pressured by; it is everywhere and nowhere, and to escape from that is very difficult. Workers are under this 26 A phenomemology of working class experience kind of invisible pressure, and so they become much more adapted to their situation than we can believe. To change this is very difficult, especially today. With the mechanism of symbolic violence, domination tends to take the form of a more effective, and in this sense more brutal, means of oppression.
I must reverse the natural relationship in which the body stands to its environment, and a human productive power must reveal itself through the density of being. (Merleau-Ponty 1962: 112) The conditions of such a ‘density of being’ are one of the targets of this book, and this means that ‘particularity’, or the location of human beings in places and the cultural relations that define regions as significant to the 20 A phenomemology of working class experience categorizing of beings, is fundamental to its more general relevance.
You stick to your side, I’ll stick to mine! – A strange denial of the common pulse of humanity. (Lawrence 1994: 14) Not a town in the land is unscarred by the dogmatic application of the market principle. (Hutton 1996a) Themes of power, coercion, and collective resistance shape landscape as a social microcosm. (Zukin 1991: 19) 1. Rotherham: a brief history Rotherham, the hamlet on the Rother, is one of those places characterized, in the heyday of industrial production, by smoke-excreting steelworks and the unearthly towers that supported colliery headgear.
A Phenomenology of Working-Class Experience by Simon J. Charlesworth