Subjectivity, Conflictuality and Generalization in Social Praxis

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In this chapter, generalization is identified as a subjective process in praxis in which the way praxis is coordinated, the things we deal with in it, and the generalizations develop together. Further, generalizations are regarded as subjective and social at the same time. In this conception, generalizations are about common causes in praxis, and both are concrete as well as contradictory. Moreover, participants have different perspectives on the common causes, which stem from the way they participate in them. The contradictions may play out in different ways in the perspectives. Generalizations are related to concrete conditions in praxis, and as a consequence, our generalizations appear varied in particular ways according to the actual conditions. This theoretical exposition will be elucidated using examples from school life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubjectivity and knowledge : Generalization in the psychological study of everyday life
EditorsCharlotte Højholt, Ernst Schraube
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29976-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-29977-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesTheory and history in the human and social sciences


  • Praxis
  • Common cause
  • Contradiction
  • Development
  • Generalization
  • Focus
  • Abstraction
  • Flexibility

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