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Rethinking PluralismRitual, Experience, and Ambiguity$
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Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199915262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.001.0001

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Shared Experience

Shared Experience

Chapter:
(p.147) 4 Shared Experience
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Rethinking Pluralism
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Adam B. Seligman

Robert P. Weller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.003.0007

This chapter begins by reexamining Basil Bernstein’s notions of elaborated and restricted codes to emphasize the importance of context in making sense of the world. It critiques the abstract and context-weak nature of notation as limiting our innovative power to deal with ambiguity. It argues for the importance of shared experience over shared meaning, which it explores in contexts ranging from educational programs in Bosnia to a nineteenth-century rebellion in China.

Keywords:   Basil Bernstein, elaborated codes, restricted codes, context, innovative power, shared experience, shared meaning, Bosnia, China

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