SOC483Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Thick Description

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Published on 9 Nov 2012
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SOC483Y1
- Geertz
- Shared views knowledge of culture
- Link to action
- How culture shapes action we will be limited if we only look at influential events thick
description valued but not necessarily look at events central to a culture
- “outside in” – institutions, contexts, codes that inform our action = this is a major shift
- Everyday thinking is used to thinking about motivations we care about
- It is a metaphor to take seriously “outside in” – we can place Swidler’s elements in this view (all
of them)
- Culture again shapes action outside in via context
- Also repertoire
- We do not have the homogeneity we are always responding to institutions
- Institutionalized meanings are the focus for Swidler matter of emphasis because she is
thinking about those institutionalized ideas we need to respond to
- Codes become more dominant when unsettled times, culture shapes action more during these
times, culture may shape action more strongly in these times - *distance deep
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How culture shapes action we will be limited if we only look at influential events thick. Link to action description valued but not necessarily look at events central to a culture. Outside in institutions, contexts, codes that inform our action = this is a major shift. Everyday thinking is used to thinking about motivations we care about. It is a metaphor to take seriously outside in we can place swidler"s elements in this view (all of them) Culture again shapes action outside in via context. We do not have the homogeneity we are always responding to institutions. Institutionalized meanings are the focus for swidler matter of emphasis because she is thinking about those institutionalized ideas we need to respond to.

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