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The Essentials of the Experience

Neil J. Smelser

in The Odyssey Experience

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258976.003.0001
The Essentials of the Experience

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This chapter introduces the common experiences which are fixed or acquired since birth in the life of a person. The chapter gives a name to these experiences, and it calls them odyssey experiences. It uses a step by step process in discussing these experiences, and these are as follows: an inkling is given of their omnipresence; the names they go by are identified; the perils in naming them are noted; an ideal type of odyssey's essential characteristics is generated; some intellectual debts are recorded; the range of subject matter to be elucidated in the remainder of the book is examined; and the methods of inquiry employed are indicated.

Keywords: experience; common; odyssey; omnipresence; naming

Chapter.  6790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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