Shared Experience

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

in Rethinking Pluralism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915262
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980215 | DOI:
Shared Experience

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This chapter begins by reexamining Basil Bernstein’s notions of elaborated and restricted codes to emphasize the importance of context in making sense of the world. It critiques the abstract and context-weak nature of notation as limiting our innovative power to deal with ambiguity. It argues for the importance of shared experience over shared meaning, which it explores in contexts ranging from educational programs in Bosnia to a nineteenth-century rebellion in China.

Keywords: Basil Bernstein; elaborated codes; restricted codes; context; innovative power; shared experience; shared meaning; Bosnia; China

Chapter.  14437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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