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How Lifeworlds Work: Emotionality, Sociality, and the Ambiguity of Being

Michael Jackson


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 t ... More

Keywords: emotionality, sociality, ritualization, affect, kinship, intersubjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226491820
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226492018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Jackson, author
Harvard Divinity School