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IntercorporealityEmerging Socialities in Interaction$
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Christian Meyer, J Streeck, and J. Scott Jordan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210465.001.0001

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Intercorporeality at the Motor Block

Intercorporeality at the Motor Block

On the Importance of a Practical Sense for Social Cooperation and Coordination

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(p.203) 8 Intercorporeality at the Motor Block
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Intercorporeality
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Thomas Alkemeyer

Kristina Brümmer

Thomas Pille

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210465.003.0008

Central to this paper is the analysis of a video sequence in which car mechanics try to solve a technical problem. The sequence is analyzed by means of Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus and practical sense understood as a sociological reformulation of the phenomenological concept of intercorporeality. It is demonstrated that this sense implies two interrelated dimensions: It functions both as an embodied background foundation for functional problem-solving as well as a sense for social hierarchies. The cooperative solution of a technical problem opens up the stage for power games. In conclusion, the different ways are discussed in which the “twofold” interpretation of the video sequence allows for a specification of “intercorporeality”.

Keywords:   Pierre Bourdieu, practical sense, habitus, phenomenology, intercorporeality, power games

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