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Meetings

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Metcalfe, Andrew; Game, Ann

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Abstract This article examines the different theories of meeting offered by Durkheim, Mauss, Sartre, Lévi-Strauss, Bohm, Levinas and Buber. Through this examination we question the common assumption that social life, and more particularly the gift, is based on exchange — on the sequence of giving, receiving and reciprocating — which is fundamentally a Hegelian logic of subjects and objects. While many aspects of social life take this form, true meeting is characterized by a quality of grace; it occurs only when the Hegelian world gives way to a presence that has a different temporality, spatiality and ontology. This world is glimpsed, but inadequately conceptualized, in Durkheim s theory of religious congregation, which is characterized by a tension between identity and relational logics.
Keywords ritual
Free Keywords Durkheim; exchange; gift; grace; Mauss; meeting; respect; ritual; sacred; subjects;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 101-117
Journal European Journal of Cultural Studies, 11 (2008) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549407084966
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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