Situated Inequality and Politics of Everyday Life

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Abstract

Through a focus on conflicts, the aim of this paper is to discuss theoretical challenges in conceptualizing the dialectic relationship between historical conditions and situated interplay in concrete everyday practice. We argue that the concept of conflict can help us move beyond the tendency within psychology to regard history and situated practice, structure and activity, and so-called micro and macro processes apart – and to regard social life as unambiguous or as governed through hegemony. A situated study about conflictuality illustrates both societal conflicts about the school and how children in school deal with quite unequal conditions when it comes to handling the conflictuality of school life. Analyses of coordination and conflicts between the parties (children, parents, teachers, psychologists, etc.) elucidate the connections between intersubjective means of making things work in everyday practice, and historical struggles relating to the school as a societal institution. To understand processes of reproducing and transgressing inequality in school, we therefore need concepts that enables us to understand these processes as both historically AND as politicalprocesses driven by intersubjectivity related to specific possibilities and dilemmas – what we call politics of everyday life. From a social practice perspective we discuss how to grasp the ways persons constitute the conditions for the acting of each other in a situated interplay in which, together, they deal with common historical problems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date20 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2019
Event18th Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology: Measured Lives - Theoretical Psychology in an Era of Acceleration: Measured Lives - Theoretical Psychology in an Era of Acceleration. - Aarhus University / DPU, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019
https://conferences.au.dk/istp2019/

Conference

Conference18th Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology: Measured Lives - Theoretical Psychology in an Era of Acceleration
LocationAarhus University / DPU
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period19/08/201923/08/2019
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Højholt, C., & Røn Larsen, M. (2019). Situated Inequality and Politics of Everyday Life. Paper presented at 18th Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology: Measured Lives - Theoretical Psychology in an Era of Acceleration, Copenhagen, Denmark.