By Simon J. Charlesworth
Charlesworth examines issues of poverty and sophistication through targeting a selected town--Rotherham--in South Yorkshire, England, and utilizing the non-public testimony of deprived those that reside there, received via recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to their lifestyles tales the interpretative instruments of philosophy and social thought, drawing specifically at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty. Charlesworth argues the tradition defined during this ebook isn't really targeted to Rotherham and the issues pointed out during this ebook might be typical to economically powerless and politically dispossessed humans far and wide.
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6 Understanding a place, then, is a natural starting-point for understanding being. As Merleau-Ponty put it: Traditional Psychology has no concept to cover these varieties of consciousness of place because consciousness of place is always, for such psychology, a positional consciousness, a representation, Vor-stellung, because as such it gives us the place as a determination of the objective world and because such a representation either is or is not, but, if it is, yields the object to us quite unambiguously and as an end identifiable through all its appearances.
The thought of Bourdieu is unique in the quality of its insights into the suffering of working class people in modern capitalism. His ‘generative anthropology of power’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant 1992) which aims to ‘effect the dissemination of weapons of defence against symbolic domination’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant 1992: xiv) is of great importance to that group of people who face the endless process of recategorization that being unemployed involves – being shifted between the Department of Social Security, endless new training schemes, the Job Centre and poorly paid work.
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw the arrival of a furnace at Jordan, a slitting mill at Masbrough and a steel mill at Thrybergh. Coal mining and iron and steel production expanded in the mid-eighteenth century with 34 A phenomemology of working class experience Abraham Darby’s discovery that iron could be smelted using coke. But of more importance for Rotherham, the Don Navigation canal was completed in 1740, linking Rotherham to Doncaster and allowing for the cheap movement of heavy goods.
A Phenomenology of Working-Class Experience by Simon J. Charlesworth