Explorations of the Life-World: Continuing Dialogues with by Martin Endress (auth.), Martin Endress, George Psathas,

By Martin Endress (auth.), Martin Endress, George Psathas, Hisashi Nasu (eds.)

This anthology originated from 3 meetings, that have been held at Waseda college, Tokyo, Japan, on March 26-28, 1999, on the Univ- sity of Konstanz, Germany, on may well 26-29, 1999 and a consultation on the SPHS annual assembly on the college of Oregon, united states, on October 5-7, 1999. With one exception the contributions to this quantity are revised types of papers learn at those conferences. each one of those meetings came about which will have fun the centennial of the birthday of Alfred Schutz, who was once born April thirteen, 1899, and died could 20, 1959. to begin with we want to thank Evelyn Schutz-Lang, the daughter of Alfred and Ilse Schutz, for her carrying on with help and encouragement. additionally, Evelyn Schutz-Lang in addition to Claudia Schutz, the gr- daughter of Alfred and Ilse Schutz, and the daughter of his son George, gave us the glory of vacationing the Konstanz convention in 1999. Evelyn additionally got here to the Oregon convention and despatched her own greetings to these attending the Tokyo convention. we wish to thank Waseda collage, the Waseda Sociological organization, the Waseda college overseas convention middle, and the heart for study in Human Sciences in Japan for his or her beneficiant monetary aid, in addition to the German study Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the collage of Konstanz, the Alfred Schutz Memorial data in Konstanz, and the Sparkasse Konstanz for his or her huge monetary counsel in making the meetings possible.

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2142. Wagner, H. R. (1979). Theory of Action and Sociology of the LifeWorld. In: Contemporary Sociology 8, pp. 685-687. ———. (1983). Alfred Schutz: An Intellectual Biography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Weber, M. (1922/1978). Economy and Society. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Reflexivity, Reality, and Relationality. The Inadequacy of Bourdieu’s Critique of the Phenomenological Tradition in Sociology* Martin Endress University of Duisburg-Essen Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to discuss Bourdieu’s criticism of what he calls “subjectivism,” that is, the tradition of phenomenologically based sociology, especially in the works of Schutz, Garfinkel and Goffman, as well as their followers.

To fit within the Austrian conception of theory, the empirical specificity of Weber’s Idealtypen had to be eliminated: Weber’s method had to be reformulated so as to yield instead concepts having universal and a priori validity. In Meaningful Structure Schutz drew on Husserl’s phenomenology to refashion Weber’s methodology in a way that answered these objections while attempting to retain the centrality of the actor’s subjective view. The Actor in the World of Everyday Life Schutz’s point of departure for his formal methodology of concept formation is the actor in the world of everyday life, and he developed a phenomenologically based account of this in the first four chapters of Meaningful Structure.

WILSON has observed, Schutz treated all general concepts in the natural as well as the social sciences as theoretical ideal types in his sense (1932/1967: 246) and ignored the point of Weber’s distinction between class concepts and Idealtypen. Schutz and the Problem of Subjectivity Schutz’s resolution of the problem of subjectivity reflects his conception of theory as an objective scheme of interpretation. Within that framework, the aim cannot be to represent the actual motives and beliefs of the actors whose conduct constitutes the phenomena under investigation.

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