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Life-World, Intersubjectivity and Culture

Contemporary Dilemmas

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Edited By Elżbieta Hałas

This volume commemorates Richard H. Grathoff’s (1934–2013) contribution to interpretative sociology. Reconsidering the legacy of social phenomenology, it demonstrates the usefulness of concepts such as life-world, milieu and symbolic transcendence in the studies of sociocultural transformations.
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Dennis Smith: Coping with Captivity: The Social Phenomenon of Humiliation Explored Through Prisoners’ Dilemmas

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Dennis Smith

Coping with Captivity: The Social Phenomenon of Humiliation Explored Through Prisoners’ Dilemmas

Dilemmas of displacement

This paper is about the social inconsistency that arises when a person, a collectivity, or an organization seems, in the eyes of some, to be claiming an inappropriate social identity or occupying an inappropriate social position. Those who feel threatened or challenged by the behaviour of others who seem to be getting above themselves may decide to put matters right, using whatever means are available and seem to be appropriate; for example, strong words, legal measures or even direct physical force.

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