Refiguring The Ordinary

Paperback | July 2, 2008

EditorGail Weiss

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If social, political, and material transformation is to have a lasting impact on individuals and society, it must be integrated within ordinary experience. Refiguring the Ordinary examines the ways in which individuals' bodies, habits, environments, and abilities function as horizons that underpin their understandings of the ordinary. These features of experience, according to Gail Weiss, are never neutral, but are always affected by gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, and perceptions of bodily normality. While no two people will experience the ordinary in exactly the same way, the multiplicities, possibilities, overlaps, and limitations of day-to-day horizons are always intersubjectively constituted. Weiss turns her attention to changing the conditions and experiences of oppression from ordinary to extraordinary. This book is an impressive phenomenological, feminist reading of the complexities of human experience.M. V. Marder, University of Toronto, Feb. 2009

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If social, political, and material transformation is to have a lasting impact on individuals and society, it must be integrated within ordinary experience. Refiguring the Ordinary examines the ways in which individuals' bodies, habits, environments, and abilities function as horizons that underpin their understandings of the ordinary. ...

Gail Weiss is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Human Sciences graduate program at The George Washington University. She is author of Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Merleau-Ponty.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.76 inPublished:July 2, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219892

ISBN - 13:9780253219893

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1. Figuring the Ground
1. Context and Perspective
2. Ambiguity, Absurdity, and Reversibility: Three Responses to Indeterminacy

Part 2. Narrative Horizons
3. Reading/Writing between the Lines
4. The Body as a Narrative Horizon

Part 3. (Re)Grounding the Figure
5. Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? Habitual Horizons in James, Bourdieu, and Merleau-Ponty
6. Imagining the Horizon

Part 4. Urban Perspectives
7. City Limits
8. Urban Flesh

Part 5. Constraining Horizons
9. Death and the Other: Rethinking Authenticity
10. Challenging Choices
11. Mothers/Intellectuals: Alterities of a Dual Identity

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Articulate, readable, well-researched, and original... one of the best feminist readings and elaborations of phenomenological philosophy thus far published." -Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers University