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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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The Experiential Basis of Subjectivity

The Experiential Basis of Subjectivity

How Individuals Change in the Context of Societal Transformation

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Arthur Kleinman

Erin Fitz-Henry

University of California Press

This chapter centers on Western ethical discourse, which assumes the existence of a unified human nature that is neurologically connected and historically unchanging. It introduces the term human conditions, which describes the inherent malleability of lived experience as it shapes and is shaped by macrolevel economic, social, and political processes. The chapter also tries to analyze the large-scale processes of market logic, global rationalities, and institutions that control populations with the behaviors, affect, and meaning which convey individual subjectivity in daily life.

Keywords:   Western ethical discourse, human nature, human conditions, lived experience, large-scale processes, individual subjectivity

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