How Lifeworlds WorkEmotionality, Sociality, and the Ambiguity of Being

How Lifeworlds WorkEmotionality, Sociality, and the Ambiguity of Being

Michael Jackson

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780226491820

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

In How Lifeworlds Work, Michael Jackson seeks to reinvigorate the study of kinship and ritual by theorizing a society as a force field in which affective as well as cognitive elements are in tension, and constant adjustments are effected between subjective imperatives and shared needs. Drawing on forty years of ethnographic fieldwork in West Africa and elsewhere, Jackson draws on cybernetics, affect theory, and pragmatism to explore the subtle strategies and micropolitics of face-to-face relationships in both ritual and mundane settings, and the ways that individual passions subvert or serve the common weal.