The Experiential Basis of Subjectivity

Arthur Kleinman and Erin Fitz-Henry

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
The Experiential Basis of Subjectivity

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This chapter centers on Western ethical discourse, which assumes the existence of a unified human nature that is neurologically connected and historically unchanging. It introduces the term human conditions, which describes the inherent malleability of lived experience as it shapes and is shaped by macrolevel economic, social, and political processes. The chapter also tries to analyze the large-scale processes of market logic, global rationalities, and institutions that control populations with the behaviors, affect, and meaning which convey individual subjectivity in daily life.

Keywords: Western ethical discourse; human nature; human conditions; lived experience; large-scale processes; individual subjectivity

Chapter.  5820 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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