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Experiential Exercise:

As a way to consider the annotation process, print out this challenging passage from French anthropologist/sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's book Outline of a theory of practice (1977). Annotate your thoughts, clarifications, connections, examples, or questions as you read, and then answer the series of questions that follow.

Structures and the Habitus
One of the fundamental effects of the orchestration of habitus is the production of a commonsense world endowed with the objectivity secured by consensus on the meaning (sens) of practices and the world, in other words that each of them receives from the expression, individual and collective (in festivals, for example), improvised or programmed (commonplaces, sayings), of similar or identical experiences. The homogeneity of habitus is what--within the limits of the group of agents possessing the schemes (of production and interpretation) implied in their production--causes practices and works to be immediately intelligible and foreseeable, and hence taken for granted. This practical observation obviates the "intentional" and the "intentional transfer into the Other" dear to phenomenologists by dispensing, for the ordinary occasions of life, with close analysis of the nuances of another's practice and tacit or explicit inquiry ("What do you mean?") into his intentions (p.80).

Passage from Bourdieu, P. (1977). Outline of a theory of practice (R. Nice, Trans.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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